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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 13, Iss. 17 — Aug. 22, 2005
  • pp: 6645–6650

Novel surface plasmon waveguide for high integration

Liu Liu, Zhanghua Han, and Sailing He  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 13, Issue 17, pp. 6645-6650 (2005)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OPEX.13.006645


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Abstract

A novel surface plasmon waveguide structure is proposed for highly integrated planar lightwave circuits. By etching a small trench through a metallic thin film on a silica substrate, a guided mode with highly confined light fields is realized. The mode properties of the proposed structure are studied. The necessity of using a polymer upper-cladding is discussed. The coupling between two closely positioned waveguides and a 90° bending are also studied numerically. Sharp bending and high integration can be realized with the present surface plasmon waveguide. The proposed structure is easy to fabricate as compared with some other types of surface plasmon waveguides for high integration.

© 2005 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(130.2790) Integrated optics : Guided waves
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(250.5300) Optoelectronics : Photonic integrated circuits

ToC Category:
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History
Original Manuscript: July 5, 2005
Revised Manuscript: August 15, 2005
Published: August 22, 2005

Citation
Liu Liu, Zhanghua Han, and Sailing He, "Novel surface plasmon waveguide for high integration," Opt. Express 13, 6645-6650 (2005)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-13-17-6645


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