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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 49, Iss. 22 — Aug. 1, 2010
  • pp: 4127–4130

Enhancing coupling efficiency and propagating length for surface plasmon polaritons

Huimin Liang and Jingquan Wang  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 49, Issue 22, pp. 4127-4130 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.49.004127


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Abstract

A high coupling efficiency and long propagating length technique is suggested for surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs). An attenuated total reflection (ATR) mode is employed to enhance the coupling efficiency by SPPs resonating with the incident light in the SPP launching zone. In the SPP transmitting zone, a step-metal film is embedded in a dielectric to decrease the radiation and absorption losses. Simulated results reveal that an SPP transmitting length of several hundred micrometers can be achieved with high energy. Besides, analyzed results indicate that the fabrication of the device is easy because of its simple structure and large tolerances.

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OCIS Codes
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(310.6860) Thin films : Thin films, optical properties
(310.6845) Thin films : Thin film devices and applications

ToC Category:
Optics at Surfaces

History
Original Manuscript: May 10, 2010
Revised Manuscript: June 27, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: June 28, 2010
Published: July 21, 2010

Citation
Huimin Liang and Jingquan Wang, "Enhancing coupling efficiency and propagating length for surface plasmon polaritons," Appl. Opt. 49, 4127-4130 (2010)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-49-22-4127

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