A concentric plasmonic platform for the efficient excitation of surface plasmon-polaritons
We propose a plasmonic device consisting of a concentric ring grating acting as an efficient tool for directional launching and detection of surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs). Numerical simulations and optical characterizations are used to study the fabricated structured gold surface. We demonstrate that this circularly symmetrical plasmonic device provides an efficient interface between free space radiation and SPPs. This structure offers an excellent platform for the study of hybrid plasmonics in general and of plasmon-emitter couplings in particular, such as those occurring when exciting dye molecules placed inside the ring. As illustrated in this work, an interesting property of the device is that the position of excitation determines the direction of propagation of the SPPs, providing a flexible mean of studying their interactions with molecules or dipole-like emitters placed on the surface.