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Quantum Statistics of Surface Plasmon Polaritons in Metallic Stripe Waveguides

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Experimental Solid State Group and Quantum Optics and Laser Science Group, Blackett Laboratory, Imperial College London, SW7 2AZ London, United Kingdom
§ Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri 63130, United States
Cite this: Nano Lett. 2012, 12, 5, 2504–2508
Publication Date (Web):March 27, 2012
Copyright © 2012 American Chemical Society

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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.

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