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Phys Rev Lett. 2009 Oct 30;103(18):186801. Epub 2009 Oct 26.

Giant surface-plasmon-induced drag effect in metal nanowires.

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Department of Physics and Astronomy, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia 30303, USA.


Here, for the first time we predict a giant surface-plasmon-induced drag-effect rectification (SPIDER), which exists under conditions of the extreme nanoplasmonic confinement. In nanowires, this giant SPIDER generates rectified THz potential differences up to 10 V and extremely strong electric fields up to approximately 10(5)-10(6) V/cm. The giant SPIDER is an ultrafast effect whose bandwidth for nanometric wires is approximately 20 THz. It opens up a new field of ultraintense THz nanooptics with wide potential applications in nanotechnology and nanoscience, including microelectronics, nanoplasmonics, and biomedicine.

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