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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 10 — May. 10, 2010
  • pp: 10609–10615

An integrated surface-plasmon source

C. S. Kim, I. Vurgaftman, R. A. Flynn, M. Kim, J. R. Lindle, W. W. Bewley, K. Bussmann, J. R. Meyer, and J. P. Long  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 10, pp. 10609-10615 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.18.010609


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Abstract

A compact and versatile source of coherent surface-plasmon polaritions (SPPs) is demonstrated by end-coupling a laser diode operating at 1.46 μm to a plasmonic waveguide integrated on the same microchip. With an optimized overlap between the spatial-modes of the laser and a planar-stripe waveguide, a high coupling efficiency of ~36% is achieved, that computations show could approach ~60% with smaller, readily achievable gaps between laser and waveguide. This integrated and electrically-activated source, with an available SPP power limited only by the laser diode, appears ideally suited for directly driving plasmonic circuitry or surface-enhanced sensors.

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OCIS Codes
(130.3120) Integrated optics : Integrated optics devices
(230.6080) Optical devices : Sources
(250.5403) Optoelectronics : Plasmonics

ToC Category:
Integrated Optics

History
Original Manuscript: March 1, 2010
Revised Manuscript: April 17, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: April 19, 2010
Published: May 6, 2010

Citation
C. S. Kim, I. Vurgaftman, R. A. Flynn, M. Kim, J. R. Lindle, W. W. Bewley, K. Bussmann, J. R. Meyer, and J. P. Long, "An integrated surface-plasmon source," Opt. Express 18, 10609-10615 (2010)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-18-10-10609


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