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Plasmonic modulators and switches (Conference Presentation)
Author(s): Juerg Leuthold; Alexandros Emboras; Claudia B. Hoessbacher; Wolfgang Heni; Christian Haffner; Ueli Koch; Yannick Salamin; Yuriy M. Fedoryshyn
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Paper Abstract

A rich variety of plasmonic modulators and switches is emerging. They offer ultra-compact size in the order of a few micrometers, bandwidths from the MHz to the THz, low power consumption and they operate across a large spectral range. Some plasmonic devices are latching and others offer linear performance. Plasmonic devices not only come in a variety of shapes but also rely on various physical phenomena such as the thermal effect, the free carrier dispersion effect, the Pockels effect, the material phase change effect or they may rely on electrochemical metallization effects. After a discussion on the physics of plasmonics we will conclude the talk with a discussion of the opportunities and challenges related to plasmonics in optical communications and in particular with respect to applications in optical interconnects.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 April 2017
PDF: 1 pages
Proc. SPIE 10109, Optical Interconnects XVII, 1010909 (28 April 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2257930
Show Author Affiliations
Juerg Leuthold, ETH Zürich (Switzerland)
Alexandros Emboras, ETH Zürich (Switzerland)
Claudia B. Hoessbacher, ETH Zürich (Switzerland)
Wolfgang Heni, ETH Zürich (Switzerland)
Christian Haffner, ETH Zürich (Switzerland)
Ueli Koch, ETH Zürich (Switzerland)
Yannick Salamin, ETH Zürich (Switzerland)
Yuriy M. Fedoryshyn, ETH Zürich (Switzerland)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10109:
Optical Interconnects XVII
Henning Schröder; Ray T. Chen, Editor(s)

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