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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 1 — Jan. 3, 2011
  • pp: 283–288

Multistability at arbitrary low optical intensities in a metal-dielectric layered structure

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

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 1, pp. 283-288 (2011)

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We show that a nonlinear metal-dielectric layered slab of subwavelength thickness and very small average dielectric permittivity displays optical multistable behavior at arbitrary low optical intensities. This is due to the fact that, in the presence of the small linear permittivity, one of the multiple electromagnetic slab states exists no matter how small is the transmitted optical intensity. We prove that multiple states at ultra-low optical intensities can be reached only by simultaneously operating on the incident optical intensity and incidence angle. By performing full wave simulations, we prove that the predicted phenomenology is feasible and very robust.

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

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Original Manuscript: November 2, 2010
Revised Manuscript: November 24, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: December 9, 2010
Published: December 22, 2010

A. Ciattoni, C. Rizza, and E. Palange, "Multistability at arbitrary low optical intensities in a metal-dielectric layered structure," Opt. Express 19, 283-288 (2011)

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