Excitation of single multipolar modes with engineered cylindrically symmetric fields

Xavier Zambrana-Puyalto*, Xavier Vidal, Gabriel Molina-Terriza

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We present a new method to address multipolar resonances and to control the scattered field of a spherical scatterer. This method is based on the engineering of the multipolar content of the incident beam. We propose experimentally feasible techniques to generate light beams which contain only a few multipolar modes. The technique uses incident beams with a well defined component of the angular momentum and appropriate focusing with aplanatic lenses. The control of the multipolar content of light beams allow for the excitation of single Mie resonances and unprecedented control of the scattered field from spherical particles.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24536-24544
Number of pages9
JournalOptics Express
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - 22 Oct 2012

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