Scattering of a plasmonic nanoantenna embedded in a silicon waveguide

M. Castro-Lopez, N. Desousa, A. Garcia-Martin, F. Y. Gardes, R. Sapienza

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Plasmonic antennas integrated on silicon devices have large and yet unexplored potential for controlling and routing light signals. Here, we present theoretical calculations of a hybrid silicon-metallic system in which a single gold nanoantenna embedded in a single-mode silicon waveguide acts as a resonance-driven filter. As a consequence of scattering and inter-ference, when the resonance condition of the antenna is met, the transmis-sion drops by 85% in the resonant frequency band. Firstly, we study analyt-ically the interaction between the propagating mode and the antenna by in-cluding radiative corrections to the scattering process and the polarization of the waveguide walls. Secondly, we find the configuration of maximum interaction and numerically simulate a realistic nanoantenna in a silicon waveguide. The numerical calculations show a large suppression of trans-mission and three times more scattering than absorption, consequent with the analytical model. The system we propose can be easily fabricated by standard silicon and plasmonic lithographic methods, making it promising as real component in future optoelectronic circuits.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)28108-28118
Number of pages11
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - 2 Nov 2015


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