We present the theoretical analysis of surface plasmon polaritons induced by a tightly focused light beam at oblique incidence. Firstly, we propose a geometrical model to explain the evolution of SPPs effect as light deviating from normal incidence, and introduce a concept of critical oblique angle (θco) which is one of the key factors affecting the stability, efficiency and lateral resolution of SPPs. Secondly, the integral expressions for the transmitted SPP field excited by a linearly polarized vortex beam are derived, using angular spectrum representation and rotation matrix trans-formation, for the oblique directions as parallel and perpendicular to polarization plane. An interesting finding is that the system completely goes out of SPP self-interference resonance at an incident angle smaller than θco at parallel obliquity, while larger than θco at perpendicular obliquity.
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