Applied Physics A

, Volume 100, Issue 2, pp 341–346

Optimizing performance of plasmonic devices for photonic circuits

  • Tiberiu Rosenzveig
  • Petur Gordon Hermannsson
  • Alexandra Boltasseva
  • Kristjan Leosson
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s00339-010-5862-2

Cite this article as:
Rosenzveig, T., Hermannsson, P.G., Boltasseva, A. et al. Appl. Phys. A (2010) 100: 341. doi:10.1007/s00339-010-5862-2

Abstract

We demonstrate the feasibility of fabricating thermo-optic plasmonic devices for variable optical attenuation and/or low-frequency (kHz) signal modulation. Results of finite-element simulations and experimental characterization of prototype devices indicate that a plasmonic device can reach specifications similar to or better than commercially available thermo-optic integrated optical components. Specifically, we have considered the insertion loss, power consumption, footprint, polarization-dependent loss, extinction ratio, and frequency response of the plasmonic devices, in addition to fabrication and material-related issues. The most serious fabrication challenge is to realize metallic nanowire waveguides with a sufficiently accurate cross-section to ensure low polarization-dependent loss at high extinction ratios.

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  • Tiberiu Rosenzveig
    • 1
  • Petur Gordon Hermannsson
    • 1
  • Alexandra Boltasseva
    • 2
    • 3
  • Kristjan Leosson
    • 1
  1. 1.Science InstituteUniversity of IcelandReykjavikIceland
  2. 2.School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Birck Nanotechnology CenterPurdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA
  3. 3.DTU Fotonik, Department of Photonics Engineering, Nano⋅DTUTechnical University of DenmarkKongens LyngbyDenmark

Personalised recommendations