# Diffraction from Sub-Wavelength Features

1. Sep 4, 2011

### peter.ell

I was wondering what occurs when a diffraction grating is produced with features smaller than a wavelength of visible light. If the pits in a CD were made to be only a few tens of nanometers wide, what would we see?

2. Sep 5, 2011

### DiracRules

The minimum intensity occurs at angles given from the following law:$d\sin\theta_{min}=\lambda\approx \theta_{min}=\frac{\lambda}{d}$
So, if $$d <<\lambda$$, then $$\theta_{min}$$ becomes great: you can't see any minimum of diffraction.

Last edited: Sep 5, 2011
3. Sep 5, 2011

### Andy Resnick

It entirely depends on the details- pit spacing, etc. Subwavelength apertures produce evanesecent field modes. People have been trying to exploit that property for super-resolution imaging.