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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 35, Iss. 18 — Sep. 15, 2010
  • pp: 3075–3077

Gain-assisted propagation of surface plasmon polaritons via electrically pumped quantum wells

Xuejin Zhang, Yicen Li, Te Li, Shuh Ying Lee, Chengang Feng, Libo Wang, and Ting Mei  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 35, Issue 18, pp. 3075-3077 (2010)

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We studied the loss compensation of surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs) with InGaAsP quantum wells at telecom wavelength. The quantum wells are buried in the vicinity of a thin Au film. The propagation length of short-range SPPs increases drastically with the gain coefficient of quantum wells, generated by a forward bias. The elongation of SPP propagation is experimentally observed via long-range SPPs, which strongly couple with the short-range SPPs. This study paves a way for electrically manipulated amplification of SPPs in plasmonic circuits.

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OCIS Codes
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(250.5403) Optoelectronics : Plasmonics
(250.5590) Optoelectronics : Quantum-well, -wire and -dot devices

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Original Manuscript: June 23, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: August 9, 2010
Published: September 8, 2010

Xuejin Zhang, Yicen Li, Te Li, Shuh Ying Lee, Chengang Feng, Libo Wang, and Ting Mei, "Gain-assisted propagation of surface plasmon polaritons via electrically pumped quantum wells," Opt. Lett. 35, 3075-3077 (2010)

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