Abstract

The complex refractive indices of Pt and Au pipes that are subwavelength in diameter have been found to be different from those of metal thin films for the first time. The metal pipe is made from a spider silk of half-wavelength diameter clad with Pt or Au and illuminated by a plane-polarized laser of wavelength 660 nm at normal incidence. The angular distribution of the light intensity scattered by the pipe is measured and fitted using theoretical calculations based on the corresponding model. The fitting results have lead to the optimum values and uncertainty ranges of the indices and the diameter of the pipe. A field emission scanning electron microscope confirms the diameter from the optical estimation and reveals an image of the surface of the pipe.

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