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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 21 — Oct. 17, 2007
  • pp: 13773–13782

Optical ‘Shorting Wires’

Andrea Alù and Nader Engheta  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 21, pp. 13773-13782 (2007)

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Connecting lumped circuit elements in a conventional circuit is usually accomplished by conducting wires that act as conduits for the conduction currents with negligible potential drops. More challenging, however, is to extend these concepts to optical nanocircuit elements. Here, following our recent development of optical lumped circuit elements, we show how a special class of nanowaveguides formed by a thin core with relatively large (positive or negative) permittivity surrounded by a thin concentric shell with low permittivity may provide the required analogy to ‘wires’ for optical nano-circuits.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(290.5850) Scattering : Scattering, particles
(350.4600) Other areas of optics : Optical engineering

ToC Category:
Optics at Surfaces

Original Manuscript: July 27, 2007
Revised Manuscript: September 30, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: October 1, 2007
Published: October 5, 2007

Andrea Alu and Nader Engheta, "Optical ‘Shorting Wires’," Opt. Express 15, 13773-13782 (2007)

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