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  • Editor: Xi-Cheng Zhang
  • Vol. 39, Iss. 8 — Apr. 15, 2014
  • pp: 2282–2285

Silicon-loaded surface plasmon polariton waveguides for nanosecond thermo-optical switching

Michael G. Nielsen, Thomas Bernardin, Karim Hassan, Emmanouil E. Kriezis, and Jean-Claude Weeber  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 39, Issue 8, pp. 2282-2285 (2014)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.39.002282


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Abstract

A MHz-bandwidth thermo-optical (TO) plasmonic switch operating at telecommunication wavelengths and based on a hybrid solid-state silicon-loaded surface plasmon polariton waveguide design is demonstrated numerically. The nanosecond (ns) TO response of the switch is due to the high thermal conductivities of the employed materials and we demonstrate specifically a 10 dB extinction ratio in the time-dependent switch transmission which features a pulsed 1 ns rise time followed by a 25 ns fall time when the switch is photo-thermally activated by a ns pulse at 532 nm wavelength.

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OCIS Codes
(160.6840) Materials : Thermo-optical materials
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(350.5340) Other areas of optics : Photothermal effects
(130.4815) Integrated optics : Optical switching devices

ToC Category:
Integrated Optics

History
Original Manuscript: November 8, 2013
Revised Manuscript: February 10, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: March 8, 2014
Published: April 8, 2014

Citation
Michael G. Nielsen, Thomas Bernardin, Karim Hassan, Emmanouil E. Kriezis, and Jean-Claude Weeber, "Silicon-loaded surface plasmon polariton waveguides for nanosecond thermo-optical switching," Opt. Lett. 39, 2282-2285 (2014)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-39-8-2282

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