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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 18 — Aug. 30, 2010
  • pp: 18945–18959

Numerical analysis of deep sub-wavelength integrated plasmonic devices based on Semiconductor-Insulator-Metal strip waveguides

Xiao-Yang Zhang, A. Hu, J. Z. Wen, Tong Zhang, Xiao-Jun Xue, Y. Zhou, and W. W. Duley  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 18, pp. 18945-18959 (2010)

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We report the first study of nanoscale integrated photonic devices constructed with semiconductor-insulator-metal strip (SIMS) waveguides for use at telecom wavelengths. These waveguides support hybrid plasmonic modes transmitting through a 5-nm thick insulating region with a normalized intensity of 200-300 μm−2. Their fundamental mode, unique transmission and dispersion properties are consistent with photonic devices for guiding and routing of signals in communication applications. It has been demonstrated using Finite Element Methods (FEM) that the high performance SIMS waveguide can be used to fabricate deep sub-wavelength integrated plasmonic devices such as directional couplers with the ultra short coupling lengths, sharply bent waveguides, and ring resonators having a functional size of ≈1 µm and with low insertion losses and nearly zero radiation losses.

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OCIS Codes
(140.4780) Lasers and laser optics : Optical resonators
(250.5300) Optoelectronics : Photonic integrated circuits
(130.2035) Integrated optics : Dispersion compensation devices
(250.5403) Optoelectronics : Plasmonics
(310.6628) Thin films : Subwavelength structures, nanostructures

ToC Category:
Integrated Optics

Original Manuscript: June 13, 2010
Revised Manuscript: August 11, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: August 12, 2010
Published: August 20, 2010

Xiao-Yang Zhang, A. Hu, J. Z. Wen, Tong Zhang, Xiao-Jun Xue, Y. Zhou, and W. W. Duley, "Numerical analysis of deep sub-wavelength integrated plasmonic devices based on Semiconductor-Insulator-Metal strip waveguides," Opt. Express 18, 18945-18959 (2010)

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