Our paper “Broadband efficient directional coupling to short-range plasmons: towards hybrid fiber nanotips” was featured in OSA’s May edition of “Spotlight on Optics”, which highlights recent articles articles from OSA journals – they seem to select approximately 10 papers per month. Quite a pleasure to be featured there!
Addendum (15/06/2016): just received the following letter from the OSA informing me of this Spotlight on Optics!
Just published on Optical Materials Express! We showed that after incorporating gold-nickel alloys inside modified step-index fibers, the alloy remains stable within the highly confined wire state, possessing optical properties comparable to the bulk state. This is a further step towards in the integration of high-aspect-ratio micron sized wires in optical fibers, and may be extended to a wide range of other alloys, opening up the range of materials and optical properties accessible for hybrid optical fibers.
Link to article: Micron-sized gold-nickel alloy wire integrated silica optical fibers.
Today Markus presented our recent work on hybrid fibers for azimuthal light generation and plasmonic superfocussing at the EMRS conference in Lille, with the talk “Hybrid fibers: a new base for plasmonic nanoprobes and optofluidic nanoparticle sensing”. He was in the session “Silicon compatible materials and integrated devices for photonics and optical sensing.” Some new unpublished results were also shown, so hopefully you didn’t miss out!