Formation of Surface Plasmon-Polariton Vortices at Reflection from Curvilinear Boundary


We present the results of simulation of interference of surface plasmon-polaritons (SPPs) which are falling and reflecting from the curvilinear boundary of inhomogeneity area in the metal layer. The plasmon vortices with a screw phase dislocation appear in the singular points of the field as a result of the SPP interference after reflection from the boundary of inhomogeneity in the dovetail form. The position of the plasmon vortices on the surface of metal layer can be controlled by means of the external electrostatic field. Negative charges localized at the control probes cause the change of the boundary curvature of the permittivity of inhomogeneity area on the metal layer, which leads to displacement of the vortex localization points. When the vortex is localized under the readout nanowire probe with angular thread, the maximum or minimum of the signal takes place in the probe depending on the helicity of the thread and the topological charge of the vortex.

Keywords: surface plasmon-polariton, plasmon vortex, nanowire.

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