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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 26 — Dec. 21, 2009
  • pp: 23582–23588

Third-harmonic generation from arrays of sub-wavelength metal apertures

Tingjun Xu, Xiaojin Jiao, and Steve Blair  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 26, pp. 23582-23588 (2009)

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We measure third-harmonic generation (THG) from arrays of sub-wavelength metal apertures in transmission using fundamental input at 800 nm. Samples with different aperture spacings, sizes, and shapes are used. Strong angular dependence of THG is observed, with maxima located at incidence angles corresponding to extraordinary optical transmission (EOT) for the fundamental. We demonstrate an anomalous scaling of TH intensity with aperture size, where at different EOT peaks, the TH may either increase or decrease with aperture size. The aperture shape is also shown to have a strong effect on TH output.

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OCIS Codes
(190.2620) Nonlinear optics : Harmonic generation and mixing
(190.4350) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics at surfaces
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(350.4238) Other areas of optics : Nanophotonics and photonic crystals

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: October 27, 2009
Revised Manuscript: December 7, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: December 7, 2009
Published: December 9, 2009

Tingjun Xu, Xiaojin Jiao, and Steve Blair, "Third-harmonic generation from arrays of sub-wavelength metal apertures," Opt. Express 17, 23582-23588 (2009)

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