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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 22, Iss. 13 — Jun. 30, 2014
  • pp: 16254–16266

Interferometric measurement of far infrared plasmons via resonant homodyne mixing

Gregory C. Dyer, Gregory R. Aizin, S. James Allen, Albert D. Grine, Don Bethke, John L. Reno, and Eric A. Shaner  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue 13, pp. 16254-16266 (2014)

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We present an electrically tunable terahertz two dimensional plasmonic interferometer with an integrated detection element that down converts the terahertz fields to a DC signal. The integrated detector utilizes a resonant plasmonic homodyne mixing mechanism that measures the component of the plasma waves in-phase with an excitation field functioning as the local oscillator. Plasmonic interferometers with two independently tuned paths are studied. These devices demonstrate a means for developing a spectrometer-on-a-chip where the tuning of electrical length plays a role analogous to that of physical path length in macroscopic spectroscopic tools such as Fourier transform interferometers.

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OCIS Codes
(040.2235) Detectors : Far infrared or terahertz
(230.5298) Optical devices : Photonic crystals
(250.5403) Optoelectronics : Plasmonics

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

Original Manuscript: April 17, 2014
Revised Manuscript: May 19, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: June 1, 2014
Published: June 24, 2014

Gregory C. Dyer, Gregory R. Aizin, S. James Allen, Albert D. Grine, Don Bethke, John L. Reno, and Eric A. Shaner, "Interferometric measurement of far infrared plasmons via resonant homodyne mixing," Opt. Express 22, 16254-16266 (2014)

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