Simulations of nanometric optical circuits based on surface plasmon polariton gap waveguide

Tanaka, Kazuo; Tanaka, Masahiro
February 2003
Applied Physics Letters;2/24/2003, Vol. 82 Issue 8, p1158
Academic Journal
Nanometric optical waveguides can be made by using the dependence of surface plasmon polaritons on the gap-width between two parallel metallic plates. This waveguide can be called surface plasmon polariton gap waveguide (SPGW). The H-plane and E-plane optical circuits that consist of SPGWs have been considered. Three-dimensional numerical simulations have been performed for the nanometric optical circuits that consist of straight and branched bend SPGWs. Results show that optical circuits considered in this letter can perform guiding, branching, and bending functions of optical waves in the nanometric device.


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