Surface plasmon polaritons are commonly believed to be a future basis for the next generation of optoelectronic and all-optical devices. To achieve this, it is critical that the surface plasmon polariton modes be strongly confined to the surface and have a sufficiently long propagation length and a nanosize wavelength. As of today, in the visible part of the spectrum, these conditions are not satisfied for any type of surface plasmon polaritons. In this paper, we demonstrate that in the ultraviolet range, surface plasmon polaritons propagating along a periodically nanostructured aluminum-dielectric interface have all these properties. Both the confinement length and the wavelength of the mode considered are smaller than the period of the structure, which can be as small as 10 nm. At the same time, the propagation length of new surface plasmon-polaritons can reach dozens of its wavelengths. These plasmon polaritons can be observed in materials that are uncommon in plasmonics such as aluminum. The suggested modes can be used for miniaturization of optical devices.
In this work, we experimentally studied optical delay lines on silicon nitride platform for telecomm wavelength (1550 nm). We modeled the group delay time and fabricated spiral optical delay lines with different waveguide widths and radii as well as measured their transmission. For the half etched rib waveguides we achieved the losses in the range of 3 dB/cm
It is demonstrated that the interaction of a two-level quantum emitter (atom, molecule, etc) with a plasmonic nanoparticle (prolate nanospheroid) in an external laser field features either an essential increase (up to a few orders of magnitude) or reduction (up to a few times) of the total decay rate of the emitter in specific areas around the nanoparticle in contrast to its decay rate in a vacuum. It is also shown that the resonance fluorescence spectrum of the emitter in close proximity to a plasmonic nanoparticle is very sensitive to both the location of the emitter around the nanoparticle and to polarization of the near-field, which depends in turn on the polarization of the incident laser field. This can be used in engineering potential quantum optics experiments with quantum emitters in the near-field, as well as for 3D nanoscopy of the near-field by registering the resonance fluorescence spectra of quantum emitters scattered in the vicinity of a plasmonic nanoparticle.