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J Nanosci Nanotechnol. 2011 Dec;11(12):10520-4.

Tunable microring resonator based on dielectric-loaded surface plasmon polariton waveguides.

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  • 1School of Electronic Science and Engineering, Southeast University, Nanjing 210096, China


Integrated optical ring resonators are essential elemental components for integrated optical circuits. An ultrasmall thermo-optical microring resonator with two bus waveguide-configuration based on surface plasmon polariton waveguide is theoretically analyzed. The thermo-optical coefficient, the temperature-dependent amplitude attenuation coefficient and the temperature distribution properties of the waveguide are investigated numerically by finite element method. The critical resonant conditions of the microring resonator are discussed by considering the propagation losses in the plasmonic ring cavity. The transmission characteristics and the tunability of the ring resonator with different structural parameters are investigated. The results show that the proposed ring resonator with a low driving power and high efficient tunability has potential to develop nano-scope wavelength tunable channel drop filters, low power optical switches, attenuators, and other high compact integrated optical devices.

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