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  • Vol. 39, Iss. 6 — Mar. 15, 2014
  • pp: 1613–1616

Surface plasmon polariton Wannier–Stark ladder

V. Kuzmiak, A. A. Maradudin, and E. R. Méndez  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 39, Issue 6, pp. 1613-1616 (2014)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.39.001613


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Abstract

The propagation of a surface plasmon polariton on a planar metal surface perturbed by N equally spaced rectangular grooves, each with the same width but with varying depths, is investigated by the finite-difference time-domain method. For a linear dependence of the depth of the nth groove on n, the transmissivity of the surface plasmon polariton and of the power radiated into the vacuum above the surface, as functions of its frequency, consist of N equally spaced dips and peaks, respectively. These are the signatures of the surface plasmon polariton analog of a Wannier–Stark ladder.

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OCIS Codes
(050.2770) Diffraction and gratings : Gratings
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(070.7345) Fourier optics and signal processing : Wave propagation

ToC Category:
Optics at Surfaces

History
Original Manuscript: October 15, 2013
Revised Manuscript: February 3, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: February 10, 2014
Published: March 13, 2014

Citation
V. Kuzmiak, A. A. Maradudin, and E. R. Méndez, "Surface plasmon polariton Wannier–Stark ladder," Opt. Lett. 39, 1613-1616 (2014)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-39-6-1613


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