Abstract

We report on the realization of long-range dielectric-loaded surface plasmon polariton waveguides (LR-DLSPPWs) consisting of straight and bent subwavelength dielectric ridges deposited on thin and narrow metal stripes supported by a dielectric buffer layer covering a low-index substrate. Using imaging with a near-field optical microscope and end-fire coupling with a tapered fiber connected to a tunable laser at telecommunication wavelengths (14251545nm), we demonstrate low-loss (propagation length 500μm) and well-confined (mode width 1μm) LR-DLSPPW mode guiding and determine the propagation and bend loss.

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