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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 37, Iss. 3 — Feb. 1, 2012
  • pp: 404–406

Toward an electrically pumped spaser

Dmitry Yu. Fedyanin  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 37, Issue 3, pp. 404-406 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.37.000404


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Abstract

The use of surface plasmon polariton (SPP)-based waveguides can significantly reduce the size of optical interconnects, but the propagation length of SPPs is limited by Joule heating losses and does not exceed a few micrometers. In this paper, we present an SPP amplification scheme that utilizes compact electrical pumping and gives a possibility for designing really compact on-chip waveguides. Moreover, we demonstrate here numerically that this approach can be easily used to design an electrically pumped cw or pulsed spaser.

© 2012 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(250.4480) Optoelectronics : Optical amplifiers
(250.5403) Optoelectronics : Plasmonics
(250.5960) Optoelectronics : Semiconductor lasers

ToC Category:
Optoelectronics

History
Original Manuscript: October 31, 2011
Revised Manuscript: December 5, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: December 12, 2011
Published: February 1, 2012

Citation
Dmitry Yu. Fedyanin, "Toward an electrically pumped spaser," Opt. Lett. 37, 404-406 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-37-3-404


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