Characteristics of a dielectric-metal-dielectric plasmonic waveguide

A. Sellai*, M. Elzain

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We report the results concerning the theoretical optimization of a surface plasmon-polariton-based waveguide at the optical communication wavelength of 1.55 μm. In particular, the effect of metal thickness and grating depth on the excitation of long- and short-range surface plasmon-polaritons in a dielectric/metal/dielectric structure are considered. It is shown that the coupling between these modes increases as the metal thickness decreases with the tendency of modes to overlap when the grating depth and metal thickness are reduced to values of, respectively, 50 and 25 nm. Also, the attenuation and confinement in these waveguide structures are inspected theoretically as the thicknesses of the three most used metals (Ag, Au and Al) are varied. The results confirm the established requirement of a trade-off between high confinement and low loss.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)106-109
Number of pages4
JournalPhysica E: Low-Dimensional Systems and Nanostructures
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2008


  • Plasmons
  • Waveguides

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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