Photonic Hook Plasmons: A New Curved Surface Wave

Igor V. Minin, Oleg V. Minin, Dmitry S. Ponomarev, Igor A. Glinskiy

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Today the surface plasmon-polariton (SPP) waves propagating along the curve trajectory are the only plasmonic beams of the Airy family. Herein, a new class of curved surface plasmon wave, the photonic hook plasmon (PHP), is introduced. The PHP is created using the in-plane focusing of the SPP wave through an asymmetric dielectric particle. This is fundamentally simpler than the generation of the SPP Airy-family beams. The PHP propagates along a wavelength-scaled curved trajectory with radius less than the SPP wavelength, which represents the smallest radius of curvature ever recorded for an SPP beam, and can exist despite the strong energy dissipation at metal surface.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1800359
JournalAnnalen der Physik
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2018


  • photonic hook
  • photonic nanojets
  • surface plasmon-polariton
  • surface plasmons
  • telecom wavelengths

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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