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Nanotechnology. 2013 Mar 8;24(9):095201. doi: 10.1088/0957-4484/24/9/095201. Epub 2013 Feb 8.

Electron-induced limitation of surface plasmon propagation in silver nanowires.

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Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire Carnot de Bourgogne, CNRS UMR 6303, Université de Bourgogne, 9 Avenue Alain Savary, Dijon, France.


Plasmonic circuitry is considered as a promising solution-effective technology for miniaturizing and integrating the next generation of optical nano-devices. A key element is the shared metal network between electrical and optical information enabling an efficient hetero-integration of an electronic control layer and a plasmonic data link. Here, we investigate to what extent surface plasmons and current-carrying electrons interfere in such a shared circuitry. By synchronously recording surface plasmon propagation and electrical output characteristics of individual chemically-synthesized silver nanowires we determine the limiting factors hindering the co-propagation of an electrical current and a surface plasmon in these nanoscale circuits.

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