Abstract

We propose compact and switchable optical filters based on nano-block loaded rectangular rings, and investigate the selection property numerically and theoretically. A simple and convenient phase model is established for the theoretical analysis. The dependent factors, such as the number, size, and positions of the loaded blocks, are discussed in detail. It is found that a longer wavelength can be obtained without increasing the device dimension, and the selected wave is more sensitive to the length of the loaded blocks. The loading positions play key roles in the realization of separating the second-order modes. Finally, applications of this proposed structure are discussed simply. We find that the loaded filter device provides a more compact size than the unloaded one for the same properties, and a tunable plasmon induced transparency based switch effect is also achieved. These findings suggest potential applications in compact filters, tunable slow light devices, and sensor fields.

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