Optical characterization of nanostructured plasmonic polarizers
This thesis describes techniques involved in the optical characterization of nanostructured plasmonic devices for use as micropolarizing elements. Two types of structures were measured: (1) ultra-high extinction ratio linear micro-polarizers; and (2) the linear structures combined with circular micro-polarizers for full on-chip Stokes polarimetry. An inspection microscope was modified to perform micro-transmission and micro-reflection measurements with precise control of illumination and collection spot size, as well as control over the incident beam collimation and polarization state. The ...
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