Abstract

For broadband and sensitive detection of acoustic waves, the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) can be used, which responds to variations of dielectric properties in close proximity to a metal film supporting surface plasmon waves. When an acoustic wave is incident onto a receiving plate positioned within the penetration depth of the surface plasmons, it creates displacements of the surface of the plate and thus modulates the dielectric properties, affecting the SPR and the reflection of the incident light. Here we study characteristics and determine the optimal configuration of such an acousto-optical transducer with surface plasmons for efficient conversion of an acoustic signal into an optical one. We simulate the properties of this transducer and present estimates showing that it can have a large frequency bandwidth and high sensitivity.

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