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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 13, Iss. 18 — Sep. 5, 2005
  • pp: 7063–7069

Surface plasmon polarization filtering in a single mode dielectric waveguide

P. Davids, B. Block, and K. Cadien  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 13, Issue 18, pp. 7063-7069 (2005)

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We demonstrate that metallic electrodes symmetrically placed about a single mode dielectric waveguide can effectively polarize the mode by excitation of surface plasmons. The transmission through the metal electrode waveguide structure is examined as a function of mode polarization and electrode spacing. It is found that modes polarized perpendicular to the metal surface can resonantly excite surface plasmons, extinguishing the mode in the waveguide core, while modes polarized parallel to metal surface only suffer mode attenuation due to the presence of the metal. The phase matching conditions for excitation of surface plasmons are examined and the polarization and insertion loss of the transmitted mode is experimentally verified.

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OCIS Codes
(130.2790) Integrated optics : Guided waves
(130.3120) Integrated optics : Integrated optics devices
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons

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Research Papers

Original Manuscript: June 13, 2005
Revised Manuscript: August 19, 2005
Published: September 5, 2005

P. Davids, B. Block, and K. Cadien, "Surface plasmon polarization filtering in a single mode dielectric waveguide," Opt. Express 13, 7063-7069 (2005)

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