Measurements of modal symmetry in subwavelength plasmonic slot waveguides
Appl. Phys. Lett. , Volume 95 - Issue Article number: 203109 p. 1- 3
We excite a guided plasmonic mode in slot waveguides of subwavelength width. With a phase- and polarization-sensitive near-field microscope, we measure the electric field of the mode for a range of slot widths from 40 to 120 nm. The field is experimentally found to be antisymmetric across the slot gap. Numerical calculations confirm this symmetry. Calculations also show a confinement of the field to a lateral size ∼10 times smaller than the free-space wavelength.