A simple circuit model is used to derive the fundamental electromagnetic properties of metals in the optical regime. The model reveals the possibility of optical voltage transformers capable of matching large impedances at the nanoscale.
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(250.0250) Optoelectronics : Optoelectronics
(350.0350) Other areas of optics : Other areas of optics
(350.4238) Other areas of optics : Nanophotonics and photonic crystals
(250.5403) Optoelectronics : Plasmonics
M. Staffaroni, E. Yablonovitch, and J. Conway, "Metal Optics as a Circuit Problem: Revealing the Possibility of an Optical Voltage Transformer," in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics 2010, OSA Technical Digest (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2010), paper CFB6.
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