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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 4 — Feb. 25, 2013
  • pp: 4917–4930

Magnetic modulation of surface plasmon modes in magnetoplasmonic metal-insulator-metal cavities

E. Ferreiro-Vila, J. M. García-Martín, A. Cebollada, G. Armelles, and M. U. González  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 4, pp. 4917-4930 (2013)

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The magnetic modulation of the surface plasmon-polariton (SPP) wavevector is experimentally and theoretically studied for the plasmonic modes excited in metal-insulator-metal (MIM) magnetoplasmonic cavities. For this purpose, Ag/SiO2/Ag multilayers with different SiO2 layer thickness in which a thin Co layer is positioned near the top Ag/SiO2 interface, near the bottom SiO2/Ag one, or near both of them, are studied. The magnetoplasmonic MIM cavities present symmetric (SM) and antisymmetric (AM) plasmonic modes, of different wavevector and electromagnetic field profiles inside the MIM cavity. We show that the magnetic SPP wavevector modulation strongly depends on which mode is considered, the cavity thickness, and the number and specific location of Co layers within the structure. With only one ferromagnetic layer, a net modulation is obtained, of higher magnitude as we reduce the SiO2 layer thickness. The introduction of a second Co layer in the structure reduces the modulation due to the non-reciprocal character of SPP modes under an applied magnetic field. Moreover, we demonstrate that the non-reciprocal nature of the SPP modulation can be experimentally visualized in the magnetic hysteresis loops under plasmon excitation conditions by using two Co layers with different magnetization switching fields.

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OCIS Codes
(160.3820) Materials : Magneto-optical materials
(230.3810) Optical devices : Magneto-optic systems
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(260.3910) Physical optics : Metal optics
(250.5403) Optoelectronics : Plasmonics
(310.6845) Thin films : Thin film devices and applications

ToC Category:
Optics at Surfaces

Original Manuscript: December 21, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: January 20, 2013
Published: February 20, 2013

E. Ferreiro-Vila, J. M. García-Martín, A. Cebollada, G. Armelles, and M. U. González, "Magnetic modulation of surface plasmon modes in magnetoplasmonic metal-insulator-metal cavities," Opt. Express 21, 4917-4930 (2013)

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