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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 20 — Sep. 27, 2010
  • pp: 20610–20619

Refractive micro-optical elements for surface plasmons: from classical to gradient index optics

Eloïse Devaux, Jean-Yves Laluet, Benedikt Stein, Cyriaque Genet, Thomas Ebbesen, Jean-Claude Weeber, and Alain Dereux  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 20, pp. 20610-20619 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.18.020610


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Abstract

Controlling the propagation of surface plasmons along a metal-dielectric interface is a key feature for the development of surface plasmon based circuits. We have designed various two-dimensional refractive dielectric optical elements for surface plasmons (SP) and characterized their capacity to route SP, using near- or far-field techniques. We first present basic devices analogous to usual optical components and the associated challenges for SP optics. We then use a metamaterial approach to locally vary the refractive index and fabricate gradient index structures for SP circuitry.

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OCIS Codes
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(220.4241) Optical design and fabrication : Nanostructure fabrication
(250.5403) Optoelectronics : Plasmonics

ToC Category:
Optics at Surfaces

History
Original Manuscript: July 23, 2010
Revised Manuscript: September 3, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: September 6, 2010
Published: September 14, 2010

Citation
Eloïse Devaux, Jean-Yves Laluet, Benedikt Stein, Cyriaque Genet, Thomas Ebbesen, Jean-Claude Weeber, and Alain Dereux, "Refractive micro-optical elements for surface plasmons: from classical to gradient index optics," Opt. Express 18, 20610-20619 (2010)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-18-20-20610


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