Integrated circuit components have nowadays reached dimensions much smaller than the dimensions oftypical micro-optical components. This “size mismatch‿ is regarded as a practical concern for a variety of integrated optics applications. The application of surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs) generated at metal/dielectric interfaces provides light confinement and control at length scales below 100 nm, herewith overcoming this size mismatch , . The SPP can propagate with an effective wavelength much smaller than the free-space wavelength of photons at the same frequency. In contemporary SPP research, plasmons are normally generated by external lasers. In a recent article  we have presented an electrical SPP source (shown in Fig. 1), operating at low supply voltage, and manufactured using CMOS backend compatible techniques. When a current is applied to our device, we observe emission at the location of the out-coupling grating array.
|Title of host publication||219th ECS Meeting|
|Place of Publication||Pennington, NJ, USA|
|Publisher||Electro Chemical Society|
|Number of pages||4|
|Publication status||Published - 1 May 2011|
|Event||219th ECS Meeting - The Palais des Congres de Montreal, Montreal, QC, Canada|
Duration: 1 May 2011 → 6 May 2011
Conference number: 219
|Conference||219th ECS Meeting|
|Period||1/05/11 → 6/05/11|
Brunets, I., Walters, R. J., Kovalgin, A. Y., Polman, A., & Schmitz, J. (2011). Realization of Silicon-Nanodots-Based CMOS Backend-Compatible Electrical SPP Source. In 219th ECS Meeting (pp. MA2011-01). (Meeting Abstracts; Vol. MA2011-01). Pennington, NJ, USA: Electro Chemical Society.