Abstract

A low-loss low-crosstalk multimode interference (MMI) crossing design for dielectric-loaded surface plasmon polariton waveguides (DLSPPWs), which are SiO2 stripes on Au films, is demonstrated numerically and experimentally. DLSPPWs are compatible with strong surface plasmon polariton (SPP) field confinement and maintain relatively low propagation losses. Unlike simpler crossings without MMI structures, low insertion loss of 0.65 dB and low crosstalk of 20.27dB is confirmed numerically at a crossing angle of 10° when using tilted mirror-imaged MMI crossings. Similar insertion losses were also confirmed experimentally. The proposed structure will be beneficial for plasmonic device miniaturization and flexible patterning of optical interconnections.

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