Enhanced Nonlinear Effects in Metamaterials and Plasmonics

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C. Argyropoulos P.-Y. Chen A. Alù


In this paper we provide an overview of the anomalous and enhanced nonlinear effects available when optical nonlinear materials are combined inside plasmonic waveguide structures. Broad, bistable and all-optical switching responses are exhibited at the cut-off frequency of these waveguides, characterized by reduced Q-factor resonances. These phenomena are due to the large field enhancement obtained inside specific plasmonic gratings, which ensures a significant boosting of the nonlinear operation. Several exciting applications are proposed, which may potentially lead to new optical components and add to the optical nanocircuit paradigm.


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ARGYROPOULOS, C.; CHEN, P.-Y.; ALÙ, A.. Enhanced Nonlinear Effects in Metamaterials and Plasmonics. Advanced Electromagnetics, [S.l.], v. 1, n. 1, p. 46-51, july 2012. ISSN 2119-0275. Available at: <http://aemjournal.org/index.php/AEM/article/view/72>. Date accessed: 24 oct. 2017. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.7716/aem.v1i1.72.
Metamaterials; Plasmonics; Nonlinear