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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 2 — Jan. 18, 2010
  • pp: 754–764

plasmons for subwavelength terahertz circuitry

D. Martin-Cano, M. L. Nesterov, A. I. Fernandez-Dominguez, F. J. Garcia-Vidal, L. Martin-Moreno, and Esteban Moreno  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 2, pp. 754-764 (2010)

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A new approach for the spatial and temporal modulation of electromagnetic fields at terahertz frequencies is presented. The waveguid-ing elements are based on plasmonic and metamaterial notions and consist of an easy-to-manufacture periodic chain of metallic box-shaped elements protruding out of a metallic surface. It is shown that the dispersion relation of the corresponding electromagnetic modes is rather insensitive to the waveguide width, preserving tight confinement and reasonable absorption loss even when the waveguide transverse dimensions are well in the subwavelength regime. This property enables the simple implementation of key devices, such as tapers and power dividers. Additionally, directional couplers, waveguide bends, and ring resonators are characterized, demonstrating the flexibility of the proposed concept and the prospects for terahertz applications requiring high integration density.

© 2010 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(130.2790) Integrated optics : Guided waves
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(300.6495) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, teraherz
(050.6624) Diffraction and gratings : Subwavelength structures

ToC Category:
Integrated Optics

Original Manuscript: December 3, 2009
Revised Manuscript: December 30, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: December 30, 2009
Published: January 5, 2010

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D. Martin-Cano, M. L. Nesterov, A. I. Fernandez-Dominguez, F. J. Garcia-Vidal, L. Martin-Moreno, and Esteban Moreno, "Domino plasmons for subwavelength terahertz circuitry," Opt. Express 18, 754-764 (2010)

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