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Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Editor: Henry van Driel
  • Vol. 29, Iss. 8 — Aug. 1, 2012
  • pp: 1947–1958

Hybrid liquid crystal photorefractive system for the photorefractive coupling of surface plasmon polaritons

Stephen B. Abbott, Keith R. Daly, Giampaolo D’Alessandro, Malgosia Kaczmarek, and David C. Smith  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 29, Issue 8, pp. 1947-1958 (2012)

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We present a detailed investigation of a photorefractive surface plasmon polariton system capable of coupling energy between two predefined surface plasmon modes with efficiencies up to 25%. We have investigated the dependence of the diffraction efficiency on the energy, the initial and final wavevectors of the surface plasmon modes, and the cell parameters. We have also developed numerical simulations of the system based upon the defect-free Q-tensor approach and rigorous diffraction theory, which fit the experimental data very well and have allowed us to develop a good theoretical understanding of the performance of these cells. On the basis of the experimental results and theory we discuss the prospects that a hybrid liquid crystal photorefractive system could lead to photorefractive gain for surface plasmon polaritons.

© 2012 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(160.3710) Materials : Liquid crystals
(190.5330) Nonlinear optics : Photorefractive optics
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons

ToC Category:
Optics at Surfaces

Original Manuscript: June 1, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: June 7, 2012
Published: July 13, 2012

Stephen B. Abbott, Keith R. Daly, Giampaolo D’Alessandro, Malgosia Kaczmarek, and David C. Smith, "Hybrid liquid crystal photorefractive system for the photorefractive coupling of surface plasmon polaritons," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 29, 1947-1958 (2012)

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