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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 4 — Feb. 14, 2011
  • pp: 2910–2915

Ultrafast all-optical switching in nanoplasmonic waveguide with Kerr nonlinear resonator

Hua Lu, Xueming Liu, Leiran Wang, Yongkang Gong, and Dong Mao  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 4, pp. 2910-2915 (2011)

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A novel ultrafast all-optical switching based on metal-insulator-metal nanoplasmonic waveguide with a Kerr nonlinear resonator is proposed and investigated numerically. With the finite-difference time-domain simulations, it is demonstrated that an obvious optical bistability of the signal light appears by varying the control-light intensity, and an excellent switching effect is achieved. This bistability originates from the intensity-dependent change induced in the dielectric constant of Kerr nonlinear material filled in the nanodisk resonator. It is found that the proposed all-optical switching exhibits femtosecond-scale feedback time.

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OCIS Codes
(130.3120) Integrated optics : Integrated optics devices
(140.4780) Lasers and laser optics : Optical resonators
(190.1450) Nonlinear optics : Bistability
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(130.4815) Integrated optics : Optical switching devices

ToC Category:
Integrated Optics

Original Manuscript: January 3, 2011
Revised Manuscript: January 24, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: January 25, 2011
Published: January 31, 2011

Hua Lu, Xueming Liu, Leiran Wang, Yongkang Gong, and Dong Mao, "Ultrafast all-optical switching in nanoplasmonic waveguide with Kerr nonlinear resonator," Opt. Express 19, 2910-2915 (2011)

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