Abstract

We show theoretically that by use of a new coupling geometry the second-harmonic light generated at the surface of a thin metal film can be enhanced dramatically through a coupling of the fundamental field to a long-range surface-plasmon mode. The resulting reflected harmonic intensity is predicted to be more than 2 orders of magnitude larger than that obtainable in the standard Kretschmann or Otto geometry.

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