Lecture 9 - Metal Optics An Introduction

Example 50 kev has a ? 0005 nm ? light k electron k

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• Low k’s are hard! Example: 50 keV has a λ = 0.005 nm << λ light k electron >> k light Stringent requirement on divergence e - beam
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The operating speed of data transporting and processing systems The ever-increasing need for faster information processing and transport is undeniable Electronic components are running out of steam due to issues with RC-delay times 1825 1850 1875 1900 1925 1950 1975 2000 2025 2050 1 1k 1M 1G 1T 130 nm 1.8 μ m DWDM WDM Coaxial circuits Telephone Transcontinental cable Telegraph Operating speed (Hz) Plasmonics? CMOS Electronics Photonics Time Communication networks CMOS Electronics Plasmonics ( μ m-scale structures ~ 1 μ m) (nm-scale structures) Nanophotonics with Plasmonics: A logical next step?
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