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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 14 — Jul. 2, 2012
  • pp: 15679–15691

Analysis of dispersive and dissipative media with optical resonances

Frederico Dias Nunes, Ben-Hur Viana Borges, and John Weiner  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 14, pp. 15679-15691 (2012)

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In this paper we analyze the problem of light-matter interaction when absorptive resonances are imbedded in the material dispersion. We apply an improved approach to aluminum (Al) in the optical frequency range to investigate the impact of these resonances on the operating characteristics of Al-based nanoscale devices. Quantities such as group velocity, stored energy density, and energy velocity, normally obtained using a single resonance model [Wave Propagation and Group Velocity (Academic Press, 1960), Nat. Mater. 11, 208 (2012)], are now accurately calculated regardless of the medium adopted. We adapt the Loudon approach [Nat. Mater. 11, 208 (2012)] to media with several optical resonances and present the details of the extended model. We also show pertinent results for Al-based metal-dielectric-metal (MDM) waveguides, around spectral resonances. The model delineated here can be applied readily to any metal accurately characterized by Drude-Lorentz spectral resonance features.

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OCIS Codes
(130.2790) Integrated optics : Guided waves
(230.7400) Optical devices : Waveguides, slab
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(250.5300) Optoelectronics : Photonic integrated circuits
(260.3910) Physical optics : Metal optics

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

Original Manuscript: May 14, 2012
Revised Manuscript: June 7, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: June 15, 2012
Published: June 26, 2012

Frederico Dias Nunes, Ben-Hur Viana Borges, and John Weiner, "Analysis of dispersive and dissipative media with optical resonances," Opt. Express 20, 15679-15691 (2012)

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