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1. Vos, Erik Willem de. Surface Plasmon Lasing & Dispersion.

Degree: 2018, Leiden University

This thesis comprises two research projects focused on investigating surface plasmon (SP) propagation on metal-dielectric interfaces. The characterization of a newly fabricated device, designed for further research, is also presented. This thesis first showcases a new form of SP lasing, which utilizes two metal hole arrays as cavity mirrors. Analysis of the lasing mode provides a direct view of SP propagation and allows for determining the SP group velocity on any metal-dielectric interface. Second, high-quality measurements of the dispersion characteristics of SP-mediated emission from an actively pumped elliptical-hole array are presented. These measurements resulted in the observation of an intriguing SP dispersion relation ω(k) and provide an insight into the effect of symmetry-breaking of SP scattering in metal hole arrays. Looking into the future, this thesis also describes the production process as well as subsequent characterization of a newly fabricated device. The device is found to perform worse than expected, leading to several interesting insights into the production process. Advisors/Committee Members: van Exter, Martin van (advisor).

Subjects/Keywords: Surface Plasmon; Lasing; mirror cavity; metal hole array; plasmonic crystal; plasmonics

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APA (6th Edition):

Vos, E. W. d. (2018). Surface Plasmon Lasing & Dispersion. (Masters Thesis). Leiden University. Retrieved from

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Vos, Erik Willem de. “Surface Plasmon Lasing & Dispersion.” 2018. Masters Thesis, Leiden University. Accessed November 21, 2018.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Vos, Erik Willem de. “Surface Plasmon Lasing & Dispersion.” 2018. Web. 21 Nov 2018.


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