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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 25 — Dec. 10, 2007
  • pp: 17151–17162

Flat-top surface plasmon-polariton modes guided by double-electrode structures

Jaewoong Yoon, Seok Ho Song, and Suntak Park  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 25, pp. 17151-17162 (2007)

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We characterize the frequency dependence of symmetrically-coupled long-range surface plasmon-polaritons (sc-LRSPPs) excited on double-electrode slab waveguides composed of five layers of insulator(I) and metal(M) stacked in order of IMIMI. When the core insulator has a refractive-index larger than the cladding ones, there is no cut-off core-thickness(D) for sc-LRSPP modes in all frequency range likely for modes in a conventional dielectric slab waveguide. At a specific frequency of ωc which depends on the index difference of insulator layers and the thickness of metal, the sc-LRSPP modes are non-dispersive at all for change in D. Furthermore, regardless of D alteration, the modes at ω=ωc consistently maintain a perfect flat-top profile in the core region and identical decay tails in the cladding. The sc-LRSPP modes with these prominent characteristics may excite an active medium sandwiched in between the metal layers very uniformly, therefore it will be interesting to implement such a non-dispersive flat-top mode for nonlinear applications of SPP waveguides.

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OCIS Codes
(130.2790) Integrated optics : Guided waves
(250.5403) Optoelectronics : Plasmonics

ToC Category:
Optics at Surfaces

Original Manuscript: October 29, 2007
Revised Manuscript: November 29, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: November 29, 2007
Published: December 7, 2007

Jaewoong Yoon, Seok Ho Song, and Suntak Park, "Flat-top surface plasmon-polariton modes guided by double-electrode structures," Opt. Express 15, 17151-17162 (2007)

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