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Small footprint nano-mechanical plasmonic phase modulators



Vladimir A. Aksyuk, Brian S. Dennis, Michael Haftel, David Czaplewski, Daniel Lopez, Girsh Blumberg


The authors’ recent Nature Photonics article titled “Compact Nano-Mechanical Plasmonic Phase Modulators” [1] is reviewed which reports a new phase modulation principle with experimental demonstration of a 23 μm long non-resonant modulator having 1.5 π rad range with 1.7 dB excess loss at 780 nm. Analysis showed that by decreasing all dimensions, a low loss ultra-compact π rad phase modulator is possible. Application of this type of nano-mechanical modulator in a miniature 2 x 2 switch is suggested and an optical design numerically validated. The footprint of the switch is 0.5 um x 2.5 um.
Proceedings Title
18th International Conference on Solid-State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems
Conference Dates
June 21-25, 2015
Conference Location
Anchorage, AK
Conference Title
Transducers 2015


Plasmonics, nanomechanical, phase modulator, photonic switch, Mach-Zehnder, NEMS


Aksyuk, V. , Dennis, B. , Haftel, M. , Czaplewski, D. , Lopez, D. and Blumberg, G. (2015), Small footprint nano-mechanical plasmonic phase modulators, 18th International Conference on Solid-State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems, Anchorage, AK, [online], (Accessed April 15, 2024)
Created June 21, 2015, Updated February 19, 2017