We report on the evolution of modes in cylindrical metal/dielectric systems. The transition between surface plasmon polaritons and localized modes is documented in terms of the real and imaginary parts of the effective refractive index as a function of geometric and optical parameters. We show the evolution process of SPP and localized modes. New phenomena of coupling between SPP and core-like modes, and of mode gap and super-long surface plasmon polaritons are found and discussed. We conclude that both superluminal light and slow light can be solutions of metallically coated dielectric fibers.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics