5 years ago

Designing plasmonic eigenstates for optical signal transmission in planar channel devices.

Gérard Colas Des Francs, Aurélien Cuche, Upkar Kumar, Erik Dujardin, Alexandre Bouhelier, Sviatlana Viarbitskaya, Raffaele Mezzenga, Sreenath Bolisetty, Christian Girard

On-chip optoelectronic and all-optical information processing paradigms require compact implementation of signal transfer for which nanoscale surface plasmons circuitry offers relevant solutions. This work demonstrates the directional signal transmittance mediated by 2D plasmonic eigenmodes supported by crystalline cavities. Channel devices comprising two mesoscopic triangular input and output ports and sustaining delocalized, higher-order plasmon resonances in the visible to infra-red range are shown to enable the controllable transmittance between two confined entry and exit ports coupled over a distance exceeding 2 $\mu$m. The transmittance is attenuated by > 20dB upon rotating the incident linear polarization, thus offering a convenient switching mechanism. The optimal transmittance for a given operating wavelength depends on the geometrical design of the device that sets the spatial and spectral characteristic of the supporting delocalized mode. Our approach is highly versatile and opens the way to more complex information processing using pure plasmonic or hybrid nanophotonic architectures.

Publisher URL: http://arxiv.org/abs/1711.05585

DOI: arXiv:1711.05585v1

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