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Tamm plasmon polaritons: Slow and spatially compact light

Sasin, M.E.; Seisyan, R.P.; Kaliteevski, M.A.; Brand, S.; Abram, R.A.; Chamberlain, J.M.; Egorov, A.Y.; Vasil'ev, A.P.; Mikhrin, V.S.; Kavokin, A.V.

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M.E. Sasin

R.P. Seisyan

M.A. Kaliteevski

S. Brand

R.A. Abram

J.M. Chamberlain

A.Y. Egorov

A.P. Vasil'ev

V.S. Mikhrin

A.V. Kavokin


We report on the first experimental observation of Tamm plasmon polaritons (TPPs) formed at the interface between a metal and a dielectric Bragg reflector (DBR). In contrast to conventional surface plasmons, TPPs have an in-plane wavevector less than the wavevector of light in vacuum, which allows for their direct optical excitation. The angular resolved reflectivity and transmission spectra of a GaAs/AlAs DBR covered by Au films of various thicknesses show the resonances associated with the TPP at low temperatures and room temperature. The in-plane dispersion of TTPs is parabolic with an effective mass of 4×10−5 of the free electron mass.


Sasin, M., Seisyan, R., Kaliteevski, M., Brand, S., Abram, R., Chamberlain, J., …Kavokin, A. (2008). Tamm plasmon polaritons: Slow and spatially compact light. Applied Physics Letters, 92(25), Article 251112.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jun 23, 2008
Deposit Date Oct 26, 2012
Publicly Available Date Oct 29, 2012
Journal Applied Physics Letters
Print ISSN 0003-6951
Electronic ISSN 1077-3118
Publisher American Institute of Physics
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 92
Issue 25
Article Number 251112
Keywords Aluminium compounds, Distributed Bragg reflectors, Gallium arsenide, Gold, III-V semiconductors, Metallic thin films, Polaritons, Surface plasmons.


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© 2008 American Institute of Physics. This article may be downloaded for personal use only. Any other use requires prior permission of the author and the American Institute of Physics. The following article appeared in Sasin, M.E. and Seisyan, R.P. and Kaliteevski, M.A. and Brand, S. and Abram, R.A. and Chamberlain, J.M. and Egorov, A.Y. and Vasil'ev, A.P. and Mikhrin, V.S. and Kavokin, A.V. (2008) 'Tamm plasmon polaritons : slow and spatially compact light.', Applied physics letters., 92 (25). p. 25111 and may be found at

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