Thermal limiting effects in optical plasmonic waveguides

Ershov, A. E.; Gerasimov, V. S.; Gavrilyuk, A. P.; Karpov, S. V.; Zakomirnyi, V. I.; Rasskazov, I. L.; Polyutov, S. P. JOURNAL OF QUANTITATIVE SPECTROSCOPY & RADIATIVE TRANSFER, 191 1-6; Doi: 10.1016/j.jqsrt.2017.01.023 APR 2017

We have studied thermal effects occurring during excitation of optical plasmonic waveguide (OPW) in the form of linear chain of spherical Ag nanoparticles by pulsed laser radiation. It was shown that heating and subsequent melting of the first irradiated particle in a chain can significantly deteriorate the transmission efficiency of OPW that is the crucial and limiting factor and continuous operation of OPW requires cooling devices. This effect is caused by suppression of particle's surface plasmon resonance due to reaching the melting point temperature. We have determined optimal excitation parameters which do not significantly affect the transmission efficiency of OPW.

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