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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 35, Iss. 8 — Apr. 15, 2010
  • pp: 1160–1162

Direct measurement of propagation losses in silver nanowires

Yaoguang Ma, Xiyuan Li, Huakang Yu, Limin Tong, Ying Gu, and Qihuang Gong  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 35, Issue 8, pp. 1160-1162 (2010)

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We demonstrate a simple, direct measurement of propagation losses in single silver nanowires. Using a waveguiding nanoscale fiber taper for highly efficient launching, propagation surface plasmon polaritons are excited in the silver nanowire with high efficiency. The output intensity as light radiation at the end of the nanowire is quantified with high accuracy and repeatability. A typical propagation loss of 0.41 dB μ m (for 633 nm light) in a 260 nm diameter silver nanowire is obtained, which suggests that the propagation loss of a single silver nanowire could be lower than previously reported experimental results and should be much lower than those obtained by theoretical calculations.

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(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(250.5403) Optoelectronics : Plasmonics

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Original Manuscript: January 11, 2010
Revised Manuscript: March 1, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: March 4, 2010
Published: April 12, 2010

Yaoguang Ma, Xiyuan Li, Huakang Yu, Limin Tong, Ying Gu, and Qihuang Gong, "Direct measurement of propagation losses in silver nanowires," Opt. Lett. 35, 1160-1162 (2010)

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