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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 9 — May. 6, 2013
  • pp: 10779–10791

Exactly solvable toy model for surface plasmon amplification by stimulated emission of radiation

D. G. Baranov, E.S. Andrianov, A. P. Vinogradov, and A. A. Lisyansky  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 9, pp. 10779-10791 (2013)

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We propose an exactly solvable electrodynamical model for surface plasmon amplification by stimulated emission of radiation (spaser). The gain medium is described in terms of the nonlinear permittivity with negative losses. The model demonstrates the main feature of a spaser: a self-oscillating state (spasing) arising without an external driving field if the pumping exceeds some threshold value. In addition, it properly describes synchronization of a spaser by an external field within the Arnold tongue and the possibility of compensating for Joule losses when the pumping is below threshold. The model also gives correct qualitative dependencies of spaser characteristics on pumping.

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OCIS Codes
(240.4350) Optics at surfaces : Nonlinear optics at surfaces
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(350.4238) Other areas of optics : Nanophotonics and photonic crystals

ToC Category:
Optics at Surfaces

Original Manuscript: February 19, 2013
Revised Manuscript: April 4, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: April 22, 2013
Published: April 25, 2013

D. G. Baranov, E.S. Andrianov, A. P. Vinogradov, and A. A. Lisyansky, "Exactly solvable toy model for surface plasmon amplification by stimulated emission of radiation," Opt. Express 21, 10779-10791 (2013)

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