Single-Photon Excitation of Surface Plasmon Polaritons

Mark Tame, C. Lee, J. Lee, D. Ballester, Mauro Paternostro, Anatoly Zayats, Myungshik Kim

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We provide the quantum-mechanical description of the excitation of surface plasmon polaritons on metal surfaces by single photons. An attenuated-reflection setup is described for the quantum excitation process in which we find remarkably efficient photon-to-surface plasmon wave-packet transfer. Using a fully quantized treatment of the fields, we introduce the Hamiltonian for their interaction and study the quantum statistics during transfer with and without losses in the metal.
Original languageEnglish
Article number190504
Pages (from-to)190504-1-190504-4
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - 07 Nov 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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