Silver and gold films with thicknesses in the range of 120-450nm were evaporated onto glass substrates. A sequence of slits with widths varying between 70 and 270nm was milled in the films using a focused gallium ion beam. We have undertaken high-resolution measurements of the optical transmission through the single slits with 488.0 nm (for Ag) and 632.8nm (for Au) laser sources aligned to the optical axis of a microscope. Based on the present experimental results, it was possible to observe that (1) the slit transmission is notably affected by the film thickness, which presents a damped oscillatory behavior as the thickness is augmented, and (2) the transmission increases linearly with increasing slit width for a fixed film thickness. © 2011 Optical Society of America.
Ferri, F. A., Rivera, V. A. G., Osorio, S. P. A., Silva, O. B., Zanatta, A. R., Borges, B. H. V., Weiner, J., & Marega, E. (2011). Influence of film thickness on the optical transmission through subwavelength single slits in metallic thin films. Applied Optics. https://doi.org/10.1364/AO.50.000G11