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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 22 — Oct. 27, 2008
  • pp: 17599–17608

Differential method for modelling dielectric-loaded surface plasmon polariton waveguides

S. Massenot, J.-C. Weeber, A. Bouhelier, G. Colas des Francs, J. Grandidier, L. Markey, and A. Dereux  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 22, pp. 17599-17608 (2008)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.16.017599


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Abstract

This paper demonstrates the efficiency of the differential method, a conventional grating theory, to investigate dielectric loaded surface plasmon polariton waveguides (DLSPPWs), known to be a potential solution for optical interconnects. The method is used to obtain the mode effective indices (both real and imaginary parts) and the mode profiles. The results obtained with the differential method are found to be in good agreement with those provided by the effective index method or finite elements. The versatility of the differential method is demonstrated by considering complex configurations such as trapezoidal waveguides or DLSPPWs lying on a finite width metal stripe.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1960) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction theory
(130.2790) Integrated optics : Guided waves
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons

ToC Category:
Integrated Optics

History
Original Manuscript: March 11, 2008
Revised Manuscript: June 14, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: June 15, 2008
Published: October 17, 2008

Citation
S. Massenot, J.-C. Weeber, A. Bouhelier, G. Colas des Francs, J. Grandidier, L. Markey, and A. Dereux, "Differential method for modeling dielectric-loaded surface plasmon polariton waveguides," Opt. Express 16, 17599-17608 (2008)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-16-22-17599


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