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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 19 — Sep. 12, 2011
  • pp: 18155–18163

Design of an integrated coupler for the electrical generation of surface plasmon polaritons

J.-P. Tetienne, A. Bousseksou, D. Costantini, Y. De Wilde, and R. Colombelli  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 19, pp. 18155-18163 (2011)

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Recently a surface plasmon polariton (SPP) source based on an electrically operated semiconductor laser has been demonstrated. Here we present a numerical investigation of the light-SPP coupling process involved in the device. The problem consists in the coupling via a diffraction grating between a dielectric waveguide mode – the laser mode – and a SPP mode. The issue of the coupling efficiency is discussed, and the dependence on various geometrical parameters of both the grating and the dielectric waveguide is studied in detail. A maximum coupling efficiency of ≈24% is obtained at telecom wavelengths, which could lead to a high-power integrated SPP source when combined to a laser medium.

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OCIS Codes
(140.5960) Lasers and laser optics : Semiconductor lasers
(250.5403) Optoelectronics : Plasmonics

ToC Category:
Optics at Surfaces

Original Manuscript: July 12, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: August 12, 2011
Published: August 31, 2011

J.-P. Tetienne, A. Bousseksou, D. Costantini, Y. De Wilde, and R. Colombelli, "Design of an integrated coupler for the electrical generation of surface plasmon polaritons," Opt. Express 19, 18155-18163 (2011)

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