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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 11 — May. 24, 2010
  • pp: 11911–11916

Transverse power flow reversing of guided waves in extreme nonlinear metamaterials

A. Ciattoni, C. Rizza, and E. Palange  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 11, pp. 11911-11916 (2010)

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We theoretically prove that electromagnetic beams propagating through a nonlinear cubic metamaterial can exhibit a power flow whose direction reverses its sign along the transverse profile. This effect is peculiar of the hitherto unexplored extreme nonlinear regime where the nonlinear response is comparable or even greater than the linear contribution, a condition achievable even at relatively small intensities. We propose a possible metamaterial structure able to support the extreme conditions where the polarization cubic nonlinear contribution does not act as a mere perturbation of the linear part.

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OCIS Codes
(190.3270) Nonlinear optics : Kerr effect
(160.3918) Materials : Metamaterials

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: March 4, 2010
Revised Manuscript: April 8, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: April 13, 2010
Published: May 21, 2010

A. Ciattoni, C. Rizza, and E. Palange, "Transverse power flow reversing of guided waves in extreme nonlinear metamaterials," Opt. Express 18, 11911-11916 (2010)

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