ELI5: Explain Like I'm 5

spoof surface plasmon

Okay kiddo, listen closely. Have you ever played with a toy car and pretended it was a real car? It's kind of like pretending, but for light.

Sometimes scientists want to make light do special things like go through walls or make really small things. They use something called a "spoof surface plasmon."

A spoof surface plasmon is like a toy car that is pretending to be a real car. It makes light pretend to be something else!

It works like this: you know how light waves stick to surfaces? These waves are called "surface plasmons." Scientists make a surface that can pretend to be another surface. It's kind of like a costume!

Now when the light wave hits this fake surface, it pretends to be on a different surface. It's like the light wave got tricked!

Scientists use this trick to do all kinds of cool things with light. They even use it to make tiny things called "nanostructures."

So that's what a spoof surface plasmon is. It's like a costume that tricks light waves into pretending to do something else!