Metals are good reflectors of light, but since the pioneering work in 1902 of Wood [1], it is well known that periodic nanostructuration of metals strongly modify the optical properties of metals. It is now well known that these anomalies weredue to oscillation of free electrons called surface plasmons. Hutley and Maystre evidenced first in 1976 that metallic gratings with shallow sinusoidal grooves can fully absorb incident light in Transverse Magnetic polarization by coupling incident light onto surface plasmons [2].

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