Dominik Walter Vogt, Angus Harvey Jones, Harald G. L. Schwefel, and Rainer Leonhardt
|(a) Schematic of the CW THz spectroscopy system with fiber coupled photo-conductive antennas (PCAs) using two-inch diameter s-p THz lenses to focus the THz radiation onto the base of the HRFZ-Si prism. The length of the base of the prism is about 13 mm. The spherical HRFZ-Si WGMR is mounted on a 3D manual translation stage, and the position is observed using two microscope cameras. (b) and (c) show the corresponding top and side view, respectively, of the 8 mm HRFZ-Si sphere next to the HRFZ-Si prism. Please note that (c) is focused on the prism surface.|
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 sub-wavelength light confinement can be utilized as building blocks for future infrared and terahertz (THz) nanophotonic integration and communication devices.
|A part of the simulation box near its left edge.|