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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 14, Iss. 21 — Oct. 16, 2006
  • pp: 10000–10013

Surface plasmon dynamics in an isolated metallic nanoslit

Jeff Wuenschell and Hong Koo Kim  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 21, pp. 10000-10013 (2006)

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We present an analytical study of the dynamic interplay among surface plasmon polarization charges, electromagnetic fields, and energy flow in the metal/dielectric interface and metal nanoslit structure. Particular attention is given to the regime where the energy flow in the metal side is significant compared to that in the dielectric side. The study reveals that a vortex-like circulation of energy is an intrinsic feature of surface plasmon propagation supported by a metal/dielectric interface, and, in general, a vortex can form when the permittivity and permeability values of the materials involved satisfy the following condition: {(εm /εd ) <-1 and (µm /µd ) >-1} or {(εm /εd )>-1 and (µm /µd )<-1}.

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OCIS Codes
(130.2790) Integrated optics : Guided waves
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons

ToC Category:
Optics at Surfaces

Original Manuscript: August 10, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: September 20, 2006
Published: October 16, 2006

Jeff Wuenschell and Hong Koo Kim, "Surface plasmon dynamics in an isolated metallic nanoslit," Opt. Express 14, 10000-10013 (2006)

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