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Opt Express. 2010 May 10;18(10):10360-8. doi: 10.1364/OE.18.010360.

Coherent transport of nanowire surface plasmons coupled to quantum dots.

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Department of Physics and National Center for Theoretical Sciences, National Cheng-KungUniversity, Tainan 701, Taiwan.


The coherent transport of surface plasmons with nonlinear dispersion relations on a metal nanowire coupled to two-level emitters is investigated theoretically. Real-space Hamiltonians are used to obtain the transmission and reflection spectra of the surface plasmons. For the single-dot case, we find that the scattering spectra can show completely different features due to the non-linear quadratic dispersion relation. For the double-dot case, we obtain the interference behavior in transmission and reflection spectra, similar to that in resonant tunneling through a double-barrier potential. Moreover, Fano-like line shape of the transmission spectrum is obtained due to the quadratic dispersion relation. All these peculiar behaviors indicate that the dot-nanowire system provides a onedimensional platform to demonstrate the bandgap feature widely observed in photonic crystals.

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