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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 14, Iss. 26 — Dec. 25, 2006
  • pp: 13021–13029

Effective surface plasmon polaritons on the metal wire with arrays of subwavelength grooves

Yongyao Chen, Zhenming Song, Yanfeng Li, Minglie Hu, Qirong Xing, Zhigang Zhang, Lu Chai, and Ching-Yue Wang  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 26, pp. 13021-13029 (2006)

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In this paper we explore the existence of electromagnetic surface bound modes on a perfect metal wire milled with arrays of subwavelength grooves. The surface modes are axially symmetric transverse magnetic (TM) waves and have the same polarization state with the dominant propagating surface plasmon polaritons on the real metal wires. The dispersion of the fundamental surface mode has close resemblance with the dispersion of the surface plasmon polaritons. Moreover, we note that for TM polarization this metallic structure can be equivalent to a dielectric coated metal wire with defined geometrical parameters and effective refractive index of the dielectric coating. This metallic structure is expected to have some potential applications in the optical research in microwave or THz region.

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OCIS Codes
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(240.6690) Optics at surfaces : Surface waves

ToC Category:
Optics at Surfaces

Original Manuscript: September 19, 2006
Revised Manuscript: October 29, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: October 29, 2006
Published: December 22, 2006

Yongyao Chen, Zhenming Song, Yanfeng Li, Minglie Hu, Qirong Xing, Zhigang Zhang, Lu Chai, and Ching-Yue Wang, "Effective surface plasmon polaritons on the metal wire with arrays of subwavelength grooves," Opt. Express 14, 13021-13029 (2006)

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  41. Note: After submitting our manuscript to Optics Express on 09/18/2006, we found that S.A. Maier et al. proposed basically the same structure but focusing on different aspects other than those in our manuscript. We think that the excellent work proposed by S. A. Maier et al. will open up possibilities to important applications in the THz optical research, and it is very necessary to incorporate their work into our paper in order to enrich our contents and emphasize the potential applications of this metallic structure in the optical research.

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