Spinoptics in Plasmonics

  • Erez HasmanEmail author
  • Vladimir Kleiner
Part of the Challenges and Advances in Computational Chemistry and Physics book series (COCH, volume 15)


We review our work on effects of spin-symmetry breaking in nanoscale structures caused by spin-orbit interaction. The spin-based effects offer an unprecedented ability to control light and its polarization state in nanometer-scale optical devices, thereby facilitating a variety of applications related to nano-photonics. The polarization-dependent effects are considered as result of a geometric phase arising from the interaction of light with an anisotropic and inhomogeneous nanoscale structure. The discussed phenomena inspire one to investigate other spin-based plasmonic effects and to propose a new generation of optical elements for nano-photonic applications, as a constituent of a new branch in optics—spinoptics.


Plasmon Spin-orbit interaction Spinoptics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Micro and Nanooptics Laboratory, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, and Russell Berrie Nanotechnology InstituteTechnion-Israel Institute of Technology HaifaIsrael

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