Date of Award


Document Type

Campus Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Physics, Applied

First Advisor

Walter Buchwald

Second Advisor

Maxim Olshanii

Third Advisor

Stephen Arnason


A plasmon based Bragg reflector cavity is designed and studied. In order to design the plasmon based Bragg cavity, reflectivity with and without loss are calculated using the transfer matrix method. The simulated Bragg reflector showed better performance as the period increased and achieved 95.16% reflectivity with no loss and 94.94% reflectivity when the predominantly plasmon based losses are included in the 120 period calculation. Plasmon based cavities have been proposed for those instances where high field interactions are required to occur in the near surface region of a semiconductor such as when exciting surface depleted quantum dots for integrated quantum optics applications or when acting as a cavity for short period quantum cascade lasers. Quantum dots and integrated quantum cascade lasers have been proposed as a means to produce and manipulate single photons. The production and detection of single photons is considered the key enabling technology for the realization of a variety of diverse engineered quantum systems such as quantum communication, quantum metrology and quantum computation.