Quantum statistics of surface plasmon polaritons in metallic stripe waveguides

Giuliana Di Martino, Yannick Sonnefraud, Stéphane Kéna-Cohen, Mark Tame, Şahin K. Özdemir, M. S. Kim, Stefan A. Maier

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Heralded single surface plasmon polaritons are excited using photons generated via spontaneous parametric down conversion. The mean excitation rates, intensity correlations, and Fock state populations are studied. The observed dependence of the second-order coherence in our experiment is consistent with a linear uncorrelated Markovian environment in the quantum regime. Our results provide important information about the effect of loss for assessing the potential of plasmonic waveguides for future nanophotonic circuitry in the quantum regime.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2504-2508
Number of pages5
JournalNano Letters
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 9 May 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Markovian
  • propagation loss
  • quantum plasmonics
  • SPP waveguides
  • Surface plasmon polaritons

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