Surface plasmon-coupled emission (SPCE) phenomenon is the coupling of excited fluorophores near a silver film with surface plasmons, resulting in directional emission into the underlying glass substrates. We report a complex coupling of Nile Blue fluorophore with 50 nm silver mirror, resulting in emission at several angles in the glass substrate, with either s or p polarization. This complex pattern of directional and polarized emission appears to be due to optical waveguide effects occurring when the sample thickness becomes comparable to the emission wavelength. We expect waveguide-modulated SPCE to have applications to biophysics and sensing.
- Nile Blue
- Silver film
- Surface plasmon-coupled emission