Evanescent Waves in Optics

An Introduction to Plasmonics

  • Mario Bertolotti
  • Concita Sibilia
  • Angela M. Guzman

Part of the Springer Series in Optical Sciences book series (SSOS, volume 206)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Mario Bertolotti, Concita Sibilia, Angela Guzman
    Pages 1-33
  3. Mario Bertolotti, Concita Sibilia, Angela Guzman
    Pages 35-67
  4. Mario Bertolotti, Concita Sibilia, Angela Guzman
    Pages 69-110
  5. Mario Bertolotti, Concita Sibilia, Angela Guzman
    Pages 111-126
  6. Mario Bertolotti, Concita Sibilia, Angela Guzman
    Pages 127-168
  7. Mario Bertolotti, Concita Sibilia, Angela Guzman
    Pages 169-208
  8. Mario Bertolotti, Concita Sibilia, Angela Guzman
    Pages 209-255
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 257-259

About this book


This monograph provides an introductory discussion of evanescent waves and plasmons, describes their properties and uses, and shows how they are fundamental when operating with nanoscale optics. Far field optics is not suitable for the design, description, and operation of devices at this nanometre scale. Instead one must work with models based on near-field optics and surface evanescent waves. The new discipline of plasmonics has grown to encompass the generation and application of plasmons both as a travelling excitation in a nanostructure and as a stationary enhancement of the electrical field near metal nanosurfaces.

The book begins with a brief review of the basic concepts of electromagnetism, then introduces evanescent waves through reflection and refraction, and shows how they appear in diffraction problems, before discussing the role that they play in optical waveguides and sensors. The application of evanescent waves in super-resolution devices is briefly presented, before plasmons are introduced.  The surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs) are then treated, highlighting their potential applications also in ultra-compact circuitry. The book concludes with a discussion of the quantization of evanescent waves and quantum information processing.

The book is intended for students and researchers who wish to enter the field or to have some insight into the matter. It is not a textbook but simply an introduction to more complete and in-depth discussions. The field of plasmonics has exploded in the last ten years, and most of the material treated in this book is scattered in original or review papers. A short comprehensive treatment is missing; this book is intended to provide just that.


Quantization of evanescent waves evanescent waves in waveguides Scanning Near-field Optical Microscope (SNOM) Surface Plasmon Polaritons (SPPs) plasmons in optical nonlinear materials Surface Plasmon circuitry Plasmon microscopy Plasmon lasers and SPASER Surface Plasmon sensors Surface Plasmon Polaritons and Quantum Information Absorption and emission of evanescent photons Controlled thermal emission using plasma resonances

Authors and affiliations

  • Mario Bertolotti
    • 1
  • Concita Sibilia
    • 2
  • Angela M. Guzman
    • 3
  1. 1.“La Sapienza” SBAIUniversity of RomeRomeItaly
  2. 2.Dept. SBAIUniversità Roma L Sapienza Dept. SBAIRomaItaly
  3. 3.Physics DepartmentUniversidad Nacional de ColombiaBogotá D.CColombia

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