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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 25 — Dec. 5, 2011
  • pp: 25298–25311

Loss compensation in long-range dielectric-loaded surface plasmon-polariton waveguides

Sonia M. García-Blanco, Markus Pollnau, and Sergey I. Bozhevolnyi  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 25, pp. 25298-25311 (2011)

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Loss compensation in long-range dielectric-loaded surface plasmon-polariton waveguides is theoretically analyzed when rare-earth-doped double tungstate crystalline material is used as the gain medium in three different waveguide configurations. We study the effect of waveguide geometry on loss compensation at the telecom wavelength of 1.55 μm, and demonstrate that a material gain as small as 12.5 dB/cm is sufficient for lossless propagation of plasmonic modes with sub-micron lateral confinement when using waveguide ridges with gain.

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OCIS Codes
(160.5690) Materials : Rare-earth-doped materials
(230.7370) Optical devices : Waveguides
(250.5403) Optoelectronics : Plasmonics
(230.4480) Optical devices : Optical amplifiers

ToC Category:
Optics at Surfaces

Original Manuscript: September 6, 2011
Revised Manuscript: September 29, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: September 29, 2011
Published: November 23, 2011

Sonia M. García-Blanco, Markus Pollnau, and Sergey I. Bozhevolnyi, "Loss compensation in long-range dielectric-loaded surface plasmon-polariton waveguides," Opt. Express 19, 25298-25311 (2011)

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