Abstract

The surface plasmon polariton modes often excited in metallic nanocavities enable the miniaturization of photonic devices, even beyond the diffraction limit, yet their severe optical losses deteriorate device performance. This study proposes a design of metallic nanorod cavities coupled to plasmonic crystals with the aim of reducing the radiation loss of surface plasmon modes. Periodic Ag disks placed on an insulator–metal substrate open a substantial amount of plasmonic bandgaps (e.g., Δλ=290  nm at λ=1550  nm) by modifying their diameter and thickness. When an Ag nanorod with a length of 400  nm is surrounded by the periodic Ag disks, its Q-factor increases up to 127, yielding a 16-fold enhancement compared with a bare Ag nanorod, while its mode volume can be as small as 0.03(λ/2n)3. Ag nanorods with gradually increasing lengths exhibit high Q-factor plasmonic modes that are tunable within the plasmonic bandgap. These numerical studies on low-radiation-loss plasmonic modes excited in metallic nanocavities will promote the development of ultrasmall plasmonic devices.

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