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  • Vol. 36, Iss. 2 — Jan. 15, 2011
  • pp: 250–252

Femtosecond surface plasmon pulse propagation

Zsolt L. Sámson, Peter Horak, Kevin F. MacDonald, and Nikolay I. Zheludev  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 36, Issue 2, pp. 250-252 (2011)

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We analyze ultrafast surface plasmon-polariton pulse reshaping effects and nonlinear propagation modes for metal/dielectric plasmon waveguides. It is found that group velocity and loss dispersion effects can substantially modify both pulse duration (broadening/narrowing) and intensity decay (acceleration/retardation) by as much as several tens of percentage points in the short-pulse regime and that metallic nonlinearities alone may support soliton, self-focusing, and self-compressing modes.

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OCIS Codes
(190.5530) Nonlinear optics : Pulse propagation and temporal solitons
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(320.5540) Ultrafast optics : Pulse shaping
(320.7120) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast phenomena

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Ultrafast Optics

Original Manuscript: September 28, 2010
Revised Manuscript: December 6, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: December 14, 2010
Published: January 13, 2011

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Zsolt L. Sámson, Peter Horak, Kevin F. MacDonald, and Nikolay I. Zheludev, "Femtosecond surface plasmon pulse propagation," Opt. Lett. 36, 250-252 (2011)

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