Abstract

An experimental investigation of long-ranging surface plasmon-polariton waves guided along thin finite width Au structures embedded in a homogeneous background dielectric is reported. The operation of key passive integrated optics elements such as straight waveguides, s-bends, y-junctions and couplers is demonstrated at a free space optical wavelength of 1550 nm. The influence of some important design parameters on the performance of these elements is presented and discussed.

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Appl. Phys. Lett.

R. Nikolajsen, K. Leosson, I. Salakhutdinov, and S.I. Bozhevolnyi, �??Polymer-based surface-plasmon-polariton stripe waveguides at telecommunication wavelengths,�?? Appl. Phys. Lett. 82, 668-670 (2003).
[CrossRef]

T. Nikolajsen, K. Leosson, S.I. Bozhevolnyi, �??Surface plasmon polariton based modulators and switches operating at telecom wavelengths,�?? Appl. Phys. Lett. 85, 5833-5836 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett.

Phil. Trans. R. Soc. Lond. A

J.R. Krenn, J.-C. Weeber, �??Surface plasmon polaritons in metal stripes and wires,�?? Phil. Trans. R. Soc. Lond. A 362, 739-756 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Phys. Rev. B

P. Berini, �??Plasmon polariton waves guided by thin lossy metal films of finite width: bound modes of symmetric structures,�?? Phys. Rev. B 61, 10484-10503, (2000).
[CrossRef]

P. Berini, �??Plasmon-polariton waves guided by thin lossy metal films of finite width: bound modes of asymmetric structures,�?? Phys. Rev. B 63, 125417 (2001).
[CrossRef]

J. J. Burke, G. I. Stegeman, T. Tamir, �??Surface-polariton-like waves guided by thin, lossy metal films,�?? Phys. Rev. B 33, 5186-5201 (1986).
[CrossRef]

F. Yang, J. R. Sambles, G. W. Bradberry, �??Long-range surface modes supported by thin films,�?? Phys. Rev. B 44, 5855-5872 (1991).
[CrossRef]

Proc. SPIE

R. Charbonneau, P. Berini, E. Berolo, E. Lisicka-Shrzek, �??Long-Range Plasmon-Polariton Wave Propagation in Thin Metal Films of Finite-Width Excited Using an End-Fire Technique,�?? in Applications of Photonic Technology, R.A. Lessard and G.A. Lampropoulos, eds., Proc. SPIE 4087, 534-540 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Other

R. Charbonneau, �??Demonstration of a passive integrated optics technology based on plasmons,�?? M.A.Sc. Thesis, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (2001).

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Figures (6)

Fig. 1.
Fig. 1.

Illustration of a thin metal film waveguide characterized by w/t>1.

Fig. 2.
Fig. 2.

Illustration of the metal waveguide integrated optics structures investigated.

Fig. 3.
Fig. 3.

IR output of straight waveguides designed with the film width indicated by each image.

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Fig. 4.

Infrared output of s-bends designed with the radius of curvature given by each image.

Fig. 5.
Fig. 5.

IR output of y-junctions using the radius of curvature indicated beside each image.

Fig. 6.
Fig. 6.

IR output of couplers. The separation S is indicated beside each image.

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