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Guiding properties of asymmetric hybrid plasmonic waveguides on dielectric substrates

Wei Wei, Xia Zhang*, Yongqing Huang and Xiaomin Ren

Author Affiliations

State Key Laboratory of Information Photonics and Optical Communications, Beijing University of Posts Telecommunications, P. O. Box 66, Beijing 100876, China

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2014, 9:13  doi:10.1186/1556-276X-9-13

Published: 10 January 2014

Abstract

We proposed an asymmetric hybrid plasmonic waveguide which is placed on a substrate for practical applications by introducing an asymmetry into a symmetric hybrid plasmonic waveguide. The guiding properties of the asymmetric hybrid plasmonic waveguide are investigated using finite element method. The results show that, with proper waveguide sizes, the proposed waveguide can eliminate the influence of the substrate on its guiding properties and restore its broken symmetric mode. We obtained the maximum propagation length of 2.49 × 103 μm. It is approximately equal to that of the symmetric hybrid plasmonic waveguide embedded in air cladding with comparable nanoscale confinement.

Keywords:
Surface plasmons; Hybrid plasmonic waveguides; Integrated photonic devices