Polymer-based surface-plasmon-polariton stripe waveguides at telecommunication wavelengths

Nikolajsen, Thomas; Leosson, Kristjan; Salakhutdinov, Ildar; Bozhevolnyi, Sergey I.
February 2003
Applied Physics Letters;2/3/2003, Vol. 82 Issue 5, p668
Academic Journal
Long-range surface-plasmon-polariton (LR–SPP) waveguiding along thin gold stripes embedded in polymer is investigated in the wavelength range of 1510–1620 nm. LR–SPP intensity distributions at the output are measured for different stripe widths and thicknesses. Coupling loss of ∼0.5 dB is achieved when exciting the fundamental LR–SPP mode along 10-nm-thick stripes of 6–10 μm width with a polarization maintaining fiber. LR–SPP propagation loss of 6–8 dB/cm is estimated (at 1550 nm) and attributed to scattering from inhomogeneities of the metal stripe and polymer cladding. © 2003 American Institute of Physics.


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