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Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Editor: Grover Swartzlander
  • Vol. 31, Iss. 7 — Jul. 1, 2014
  • pp: 1672–1675

Amplification of surface plasmon polaritons in nonlinear medium with full saturation susceptibility model

Zahra Adelpour, Ayaz Ghorbani, and Vahid Ahmadi  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 31, Issue 7, pp. 1672-1675 (2014)

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In this paper, a numerical analysis to model the amplification of nonlinear surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs) propagating along a metal active dielectric interface is presented. Nonlinearity of the medium with gain is considered through the full saturation susceptibility parameter of a two-level model. Above the linear threshold of the gain and loss balance, the nonlinear performance of the amplified SPPs is verified, which agrees well with the experimental results reported in the literature. An important feature of the proposed method is to predict an abrupt increase in output intensity due to amplified spontaneous emission.

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OCIS Codes
(190.0190) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics
(250.5403) Optoelectronics : Plasmonics

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Original Manuscript: February 6, 2014
Revised Manuscript: May 29, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: May 30, 2014
Published: June 25, 2014

Zahra Adelpour, Ayaz Ghorbani, and Vahid Ahmadi, "Amplification of surface plasmon polaritons in nonlinear medium with full saturation susceptibility model," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 31, 1672-1675 (2014)

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