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  • Vol. 25, Iss. 11 — Jun. 1, 2000
  • pp: 844–846

Experimental observation of plasmon polariton waves supported by a thin metal film of finite width

Robert Charbonneau, Pierre Berini, Ezio Berolo, and Ewa Lisicka-Shrzek  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 25, Issue 11, pp. 844-846 (2000)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.25.000844


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Abstract

What are believed to be the first experimental observations of the existence of long-range plasmon–polariton waves, guided by a thin metal film of finite width, are presented. A waveguide composed of an 8-μm-wide, 20-nm-thick, 3.5-mm-long Au metal film embedded in SiO 2 was successfully excited at a free-space wavelength of 1.55 μm in an end-fire experiment. The theoretical nature of the phenomenon is described, and experimental observations of field confinement provided by this metal waveguide are presented in detail.

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OCIS Codes
(130.2790) Integrated optics : Guided waves
(160.3900) Materials : Metals
(240.0310) Optics at surfaces : Thin films
(240.5420) Optics at surfaces : Polaritons
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(260.2110) Physical optics : Electromagnetic optics

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Robert Charbonneau, Pierre Berini, Ezio Berolo, and Ewa Lisicka-Shrzek, "Experimental observation of plasmon polariton waves supported by a thin metal film of finite width," Opt. Lett. 25, 844-846 (2000)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-25-11-844

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