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Absorption-Induced Transparency

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  • Dr. James A. Hutchison,

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    1. ISIS, Université de Strasbourg and CNRS (UMR 7006), Strasbourg 67000 (France), Fax: (+33) 3-6885-5118
    • ISIS, Université de Strasbourg and CNRS (UMR 7006), Strasbourg 67000 (France), Fax: (+33) 3-6885-5118
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  • Dr. Deirdre M. O'Carroll,

    1. ISIS, Université de Strasbourg and CNRS (UMR 7006), Strasbourg 67000 (France), Fax: (+33) 3-6885-5118
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  • Dr. Tal Schwartz,

    1. ISIS, Université de Strasbourg and CNRS (UMR 7006), Strasbourg 67000 (France), Fax: (+33) 3-6885-5118
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  • Dr. Cyriaque Genet,

    1. ISIS, Université de Strasbourg and CNRS (UMR 7006), Strasbourg 67000 (France), Fax: (+33) 3-6885-5118
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  • Prof. Thomas W. Ebbesen

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    1. ISIS, Université de Strasbourg and CNRS (UMR 7006), Strasbourg 67000 (France), Fax: (+33) 3-6885-5118
    • ISIS, Université de Strasbourg and CNRS (UMR 7006), Strasbourg 67000 (France), Fax: (+33) 3-6885-5118
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  • The discussion and help of Dr. E. Devaux, O. Mahboub, and Dr. F. Przybilla are gratefully acknowledged. This research was made possible with the financial support of the European Research Council (grant no. 227577).

Abstract

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Transparent windows are opened in optically thick metallic films perforated with subwavelength holes by adsorbing a thin layer of molecules at the surface. Counterintuitively, transmission occurs at wavelengths at which the molecular layer absorbs strongly (in this case at 700 nm), as revealed by transmission spectra of the hole array without (black curve) and with adsorbed molecules (red).

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