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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 31, Iss. 1 — Jan. 1, 2006
  • pp: 98–100

Plasmon-polariton transport in metal-nanoparticle chains embedded in a gain medium

D. S. Citrin  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 31, Issue 1, pp. 98-100 (2006)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.31.000098


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Abstract

Plasmon-polariton transport on chains of noncontacting noble-metal nanoparticles suffers from severe attenuation. A possible way of countering the attenuation by embedding the nanoparticle chain in an optical-gain medium is considered. It is found that short-wavelength surface polaritons can acquire exponential growth that can counter nonradiative loss. This is most pronounced for modes polarized transverse to the chain axis immediately outside the light line; this growth factor is likely to be sufficient to counterbalance losses and so lead to low-attenuation propagation of plasmon polaritons in nanoparticle chains.

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OCIS Codes
(230.0250) Optical devices : Optoelectronics
(230.3120) Optical devices : Integrated optics devices
(230.7370) Optical devices : Waveguides

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

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D. S. Citrin, "Plasmon-polariton transport in metal-nanoparticle chains embedded in a gain medium," Opt. Lett. 31, 98-100 (2006)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-31-1-98


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