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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 11 — May. 23, 2011
  • pp: 10410–10422

Complex relaxation rates of the Drude metals and their effects on the lifetime and symmetry of plasmon resonances

Hyoung-In Lee and El-Hang Lee  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 11, pp. 10410-10422 (2011)

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The Drude model for metal is extended to include complex relaxation rates. As a test for what happens to the surface plasmon resonances with such metals, the lifetime is examined for propagating waves across a single planar metal-dielectric interface. By analytically solving the dispersion relation being fourth-order in the complex frequency, group-velocity dispersion and quality factors are explicitly found. Due to the symmetry breaking between the forward and backward waves, standing waves are not allowed in general.

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OCIS Codes
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(260.2160) Physical optics : Energy transfer
(270.2500) Quantum optics : Fluctuations, relaxations, and noise

ToC Category:
Optics at Surfaces

Original Manuscript: March 30, 2011
Revised Manuscript: May 5, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: May 6, 2011
Published: May 11, 2011

Hyoung-In Lee and El-Hang Lee, "Complex relaxation rates of the Drude metals and their effects on the lifetime and symmetry of plasmon resonances," Opt. Express 19, 10410-10422 (2011)

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