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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 15 — Jul. 18, 2011
  • pp: 14594–14603

All-semiconductor active plasmonic system in mid-infrared wavelengths

Debin Li and C. Z. Ning  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 15, pp. 14594-14603 (2011)

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Metal-based plasmonics has a wide range of important applications but is subject to several drawbacks. In this paper, we propose and investigate an all-semiconductor-based approach to plasmonics in mid-infrared (MIR) wavelength range using InAs heterostructures. Our results show that InAs heterostructures are ideal for plasmonics with the shortest plasmon wavelength among common semiconductors. More importantly, as we will show, InAs heterostructures are superior to metal-based plasmonics for MIR applications due to much reduced loss, improved confinement, and ease of tunability of resonant wavelengths through carrier density. Finally, we propose and investigate a monolithic all-semiconductor integrated active plasmonic system with active source, waveguide, and detector all integrated on a chip, realizable in a single epitaxial growth process. Such an all semiconductor based system can be advantageous not only in plasmonics, but also in active metamaterials.

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OCIS Codes
(130.6750) Integrated optics : Systems
(230.7370) Optical devices : Waveguides
(250.5403) Optoelectronics : Plasmonics

ToC Category:
Integrated Optics

Original Manuscript: May 10, 2011
Revised Manuscript: June 29, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: July 3, 2011
Published: July 14, 2011

Debin Li and C. Z. Ning, "All-semiconductor active plasmonic system in mid-infrared wavelengths," Opt. Express 19, 14594-14603 (2011)

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