Nikolai Christian Passler, Christopher R. Gubbin, Thomas Graeme Folland, Ilya Razdolski, D. Scott Katzer, David F. Storm, Martin Wolf, Simone De Liberato, Joshua D. Caldwell, and Alexander Paarmann:
Nano Lett. 18 (7), 4285–4292 (2018), pp.8;
We report the first observation of epsilon-near-zero (ENZ) phonon polaritons in an ultrathin AlN film fully hybridized with surface phonon polaritons (SPhP) supported by the adjacent SiC substrate. Employing a strong coupling model for the analysis of the dispersion and electric field distribution in these hybridized modes, we show that they share the most prominent features of the two precursor modes. The novel ENZ-SPhP coupled polaritons with a highly propagative character and deeply subwavelength light confinement can be utilized as building blocks for future infrared and terahertz nanophotonic integration and communication devices.
The original publication is available by link DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.8b01273