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Resonant coupling between an Au-InP surface plasmon polariton (SPP) and an InP/InGaAsP ridge waveguide is investigated. The general design requirements for evanescent coupling between a low-loss waveguide and a highly absorptive SPP are described, and experimental results are presented for fabricated devices. Coupling from the ridge to the SPP is confirmed using fiber-to-fiber optical power measurements, and thermoreflectance imaging is used to directly measure power coupled to the SPP along the length of the metal waveguide. The role of the thin native oxide at the Au-InP interface is also explored and found to have a significant impact on coupling.