Abstract

Huygens’ nanoantennas maintain orthogonal electric and magnetic dipole resonances satisfying the Kerker condition and can generate directional radiation in both the near-field and far-field regimes. Here we study a multilayered metal-dielectric-metal (MDM) Huygens’ type nanoantenna which is capable of launching surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs) unidirectionally when excited by a dipole source. We show that the radiative decay rates of the dipole source are strongly enhanced by the antenna, and the generated SPP waves propagate in opposite directions at two different wavelengths. The directionality of the excited SPPs can be switched by changing the geometry and the material composition. We further demonstrated that the beam width of the SPP waves can be narrowed by arranging the MDM antennas in a chain.

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