Departmental Papers (ESE)


Linear arrays of plasmonic nanoparticles have been suggested by various groups as optical waveguides. Here, inspired by the concept of optical nanocircuits, we show that it is possible to improve the performance of such waveguide chains by pairing two of them, forming a two-wire optical transmission line. We show that choosing the operation regime near the light line may greatly reduce the effect of material absorption and disorder, still allowing field confinement in between the paired chains. Application for low-loss optical interconnects and subwavelength imaging devices are envisioned.

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Journal Article

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Suggested Citation:
Alù, A., Belov, P.A., and Engheta, N. (2009). "Parallel-chain optical transmission line for a low-loss ultraconfined light beam." Physical Review B. 80, 113101.

© 2009 The American Physical Society



Date Posted: 30 November 2010

This document has been peer reviewed.