Directional coupler using gap plasmon waveguides

Gramotnev, Dmitri, Pile, David, & Vernon, Kristy (2008) Directional coupler using gap plasmon waveguides. Applied Physics B, Lasers and Optics, 93, pp. 99-106.

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Here, we demonstrate that efficient nano-optical couplers can be developed using closely spaced gap plasmon waveguides in the form of two parallel nano-sized rectangular slots in a thin metal film or membrane. Using the rigorous numerical finite-difference and finite element algorithms, we investigate the physical mechanisms of coupling between two neighboring gap plasmon waveguides and determine typical coupling lengths for different structural parameters of the coupler. Special attention is focused onto the analysis of the effect of such major coupler parameters, such as thickness of the metal film/membrane, slot width, and separation between the plasmonic waveguides. Detailed physical interpretation of the obtained unusual dependencies of the coupling length on slot width and film thickness is presented based upon the energy consideration. The obtained results will be important for the optimization and experimental development of plasmonic sub-wavelength compact directional couplers and other nano-optical devices for integrated nanophotonics.

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ID Code: 30774
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Plasmons, Plasmonic waveguides, Nanophotonics
DOI: 10.1007/s00340-008-3206-0
ISSN: 0946-2171
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PHYSICAL SCIENCES (020000) > OPTICAL PHYSICS (020500)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PHYSICAL SCIENCES (020000) > OPTICAL PHYSICS (020500) > Photonics Optoelectronics and Optical Communications (020504)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > TECHNOLOGY (100000) > NANOTECHNOLOGY (100700) > Nanophotonics (100711)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Deposited On: 12 Feb 2010 12:46
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2017 06:01

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