6 May 2008 Periodically structured plasmonic waveguides
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Abstract
We study surface plasmon polariton (SPP) guiding structures, which are a modification of the Metal-Insulator-Metal (MIM) waveguide. The designs are constructed by introducing a periodic modulation in a MIM waveguide, with a glass core and silver claddings. This periodic modulation is created either by causing periodic indentations in the silver slabs encompassing the glass core, or by increasing the glass spacer material in certain periodic locations. Our objective is to achieve long range sub-wavelength waveguiding with vast dispersion engineering capabilities. We employ the Finite Difference Time Domain Method (FDTD) with the Auxiliary Differential Equation method (ADE) for the calculation of the dispersion relation of the guided modes, as well as the real time propagation suggests that the guiding mechnism in the examined structures is based on the electromagnetic (EM) couping between the slit plasmon modes. These - depending on the design - exist in the grooves between the silver plates or in the larger areas of the glass core spacer. Put it different, the guiding mechanism in the examined SPP waveguide designs is analogous to the EM energy transfer along metallic nanoparticle chains.
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W. M. Saj, W. M. Saj, S Foteinopoulou, S Foteinopoulou, M. Kafesaki, M. Kafesaki, C. M. Soukoulis, C. M. Soukoulis, E. N. Economou, E. N. Economou, } "Periodically structured plasmonic waveguides", Proc. SPIE 6987, Metamaterials III, 69870Y (6 May 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.786569; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.786569
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