Abstract

The propagation and attenuation constants of long-range surface-plasmon polaritons propagating on thin metal films have been measured for several film thicknesses by using a hemispherical retroreflecting coupler. The results are in agreement with our theoretical dispersion curves, which predict that the attenuation constant of this mode can decrease by a factor of 63 relative to that obtained with a thick metal film.

© 1983 Optical Society of America

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