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Subwavelength plasmonic waveguide structures based on slots in thin metal films
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Paper Abstract

We demonstrate the existence of a bound optical mode supported by an air slot in a thin metallic film deposited on a substrate, with slot dimensions much smaller than the wavelength. The modal size is almost completely dominated by the near field of the slot. Consequently, the size is very small compared with the wavelength, even when the dispersion relation of the mode approaches the light line of the surrounding media. In addition, the group velocity of this mode is close to the speed of light in the substrate, and its propagation length is tens of microns at the optical communication wavelength. We also investigate the performance of bends and power splitters in plasmonic slot waveguides. We show that, even though the waveguides are lossy, bends and splitters with no additional loss can be designed over a wavelength range that extends from DC to near-infrared, when the bend and splitter dimensions are much smaller than the propagation length of the optical mode. We account for this effect with an effective characteristic impedance model based upon the real dispersion relation of the plasmonic waveguide structures.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 February 2006
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 6123, Integrated Optics: Devices, Materials, and Technologies X, 612308 (27 February 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.646789
Show Author Affiliations
Georgios Veronis, Stanford Univ. (United States)
Shanhui Fan, Stanford Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6123:
Integrated Optics: Devices, Materials, and Technologies X
Yakov Sidorin; Christoph A. Waechter, Editor(s)

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