Nondiffracting Bessel plasmons. Academic Article uri icon


  • We report on the existence of nondiffracting Bessel surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs), advancing at either superluminal or subluminal phase velocities. These wave fields feature deep subwavelength FWHM, but are supported by high-order homogeneous SPPs of a metal/dielectric (MD) superlattice. The beam axis can be relocated to any MD interface, by interfering multiple converging SPPs with controlled phase matching. Dissipative effects in metals lead to a diffraction-free regime that is limited by the energy attenuation length. However, the ultra-localization of the diffracted wave field might still be maintained by more than one order of magnitude.

published proceedings

  • Opt Express

author list (cited authors)

  • Zapata-Rodrguez, C. J., Vukovi, S., Beli, M. R., Pastor, D., & Miret, J. J.

citation count

  • 18

complete list of authors

  • Zapata-Rodríguez, Carlos J||Vuković, Slobodan||Belić, Milivoj R||Pastor, David||Miret, Juan J

publication date

  • September 2011