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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 1 — Jan. 8, 2007
  • pp: 176–182

Gain assisted surface plasmon polariton in quantum wells structures

M. Z. Alam, J. Meier, J. S. Aitchison, and M. Mojahedi  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 1, pp. 176-182 (2007)

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In this paper we propose a structure to compensate the propagation loss of surface plasmons by using multiple quantum wells as a gain medium. We analyze the required gain for lossless surface plasmon propagation for different thicknesses and widths of the metallic guiding layer. We study the effects of the gain layers and a finite height superstrate on the surface plasmon mode and its propagation loss. It is shown that the gain required for lossless plasmon propagation is achievable with present technology.

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OCIS Codes
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(250.5980) Optoelectronics : Semiconductor optical amplifiers
(260.3910) Physical optics : Metal optics

ToC Category:
Optics at Surfaces

Original Manuscript: September 20, 2006
Revised Manuscript: October 30, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: November 2, 2006
Published: January 8, 2007

Muhammad Z. Alam, Joachim Meier, J. S. Aitchison, and Mohammad Mojahedi, "Gain assisted surface plasmon polariton in quantum wells structures," Opt. Express 15, 176-182 (2007)

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