Abstract

We demonstrate experimentally the use of ordered arrays of nanoantennas for polarization controlled plasmonic beam shaping and excitation. Rod- and cross-shaped nanoantennas are used as local point-like sources of surface plasmon polaritons, and the desired phase of the generated plasmonic beam is set directly through their spatial arrangement. The polarization selectivity of the optical nanoantennas allows us to further control the excitation, enabling the realization of a variety of complex and functional plasmonic beam shaping elements. We demonstrate this concept by generating plasmonic self-accelerating beams, plasmonic bottle beams, and switchable dual-focii plasmonic lenses. The freedom in the design and arrangement of these nanoantennas enables us to specifically tailor and control the shapes, wavelengths, and coupling efficiencies of complex plasmonic beams.

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