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Chin. Phys. B, 2020, Vol. 29(8): 087301    DOI: 10.1088/1674-1056/ab9698

Quantization of electromagnetic modes and angular momentum on plasmonic nanowires

Guodong Zhu(朱国栋)1, Yangzhe Guo(郭杨喆)1, Bin Dong(董斌)2, Yurui Fang(方蔚瑞)1
1 Key Laboratory of Materials Modification by Laser, Electron, and Ion Beams(Ministry of Education);School of Physics, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024, China;
2 Key Laboratory of New Energy and Rare Earth Resource Utilization of State Ethnic Affairs Commission, Key Laboratory of Photosensitive Materials&Devices of Liaoning Province, School of Physics and Materials Engineering, Dalian Nationalities University, Dalian 116600, China

Quantum theory of surface plasmons is very important for studying the interactions between light and different metal nanostructures in nanoplasmonics. In this work, using the canonical quantization method, the SPPs on nanowires and their orbital and spin angular momentums are investigated. The results show that the SPPs on nanowire carry both orbital and spin momentums during propagation. Later, the result is applied to the plasmonic nanowire waveguide to show the agreement of the theory. The study is helpful for the nano wire based plasmonic interactions and the quantum information based optical circuit in the future.

Keywords:  surface plasmons      surface waves      optical angular momentum  
Received:  02 May 2020      Revised:  22 May 2020      Accepted manuscript online: 
PACS:  73.20.Mf (Collective excitations (including excitons, polarons, plasmons and other charge-density excitations))  
  91.30.Fn (Surface waves and free oscillations)  
  42.50.Tx (Optical angular momentum and its quantum aspects)  

Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11704058 and 11974069), the National Special Support Program for High-level Personnel Recruitment, China (Grant No. W03020231), Liaoning Revitalization Talents Program, China (Grant No. XLYC1902113), Program for Liaoning Innovation Team in University, China (Grant No. LT2016011), Science and Technique Foundation of Dalian, China (Grant No. 2017RD12), and Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities, China (Grant No. DUT19RC(3)007).

Corresponding Authors:  Bin Dong, Bin Dong     E-mail:;

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Guodong Zhu(朱国栋), Yangzhe Guo(郭杨喆), Bin Dong(董斌), Yurui Fang(方蔚瑞) Quantization of electromagnetic modes and angular momentum on plasmonic nanowires 2020 Chin. Phys. B 29 087301

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