Surface plasmon lasers

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Surface Plasmon Polariton (SPP) modes have attracted many minds for over 100 years. Confining light to dimensions smaller than its propagating wavelength, point towards technological possibilities, such as optical circuitry within ultra small computer processors or, small biochemical sensors. As for other lasers, surface plasmon lasers (SPL) require gain and feedback. Yet, quenching of the fluorescence and induced current losses by the metal interface almost proved SPL to be unattainable. Such impediments were circumvented by a periodic design on the nano scale, which reduced the losses and maintained gain of a few ten thousands per cm.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSynthesis and Photonics of Nanoscale Materials VIII
StatePublished - 2011
EventSynthesis and Photonics of Nanoscale Materials VIII - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: Jan 24 2011Jan 25 2011

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


OtherSynthesis and Photonics of Nanoscale Materials VIII
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications


  • Lasers
  • Metamaterials
  • Surface Plasmons
  • Surface Plasmons Polaritons
  • Surface modes


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