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Silica-coated silver nanowire-loaded hybrid plasmonic waveguide for low-loss waveguiding on the nanoscale

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Yingjie Wang, Wei Cai, Mu Yang, Zhengliang Liu, Guangyi Shang

Beihang University, Department of Applied Physics, Beijing 100191, China

J. Nanophoton. 10(3), 036019 (Sep 26, 2016). doi:10.1117/1.JNP.10.036019
History: Received May 29, 2016; Accepted September 12, 2016
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Abstract.  A hybrid plasmonic waveguide with an alternative structure is presented in this paper, which consists of a silver cylindrical nanowire coated with a low-index dielectric silica layer attached on a silicon-on-insulator (SOI) substrate with a rectangular ridge. The effects of the silver nanowire, silica-coated layer, silicon substrate layer, and the ridge’s width to thickness ratio on the modal properties have been numerically investigated based on the finite-difference time-domain method. The simulation results demonstrate that the introduction of the low-loss dielectric-coated layer and the ridge of SOI substrate can greatly increase the propagation distance while maintaining strong confinement of light. The propagation distance as long as 660  μm and mode field with subwavelength confinement can be simultaneously realized at telecommunication wavelength. The proposed waveguide consisting of the silica-coated silver nanowire and the SOI ridge substrate would be a beneficial complement to the expanding family of hybrid plasmonic structures.

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Yingjie Wang ; Wei Cai ; Mu Yang ; Zhengliang Liu and Guangyi Shang
"Silica-coated silver nanowire-loaded hybrid plasmonic waveguide for low-loss waveguiding on the nanoscale", J. Nanophoton. 10(3), 036019 (Sep 26, 2016). ; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.JNP.10.036019


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