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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 10 — May. 7, 2012
  • pp: 11005–11013

Enhancing four-wave-mixing processes by nanowire arrays coupled to a gold film

Ekaterina Poutrina, Cristian Ciracì, Daniel J. Gauthier, and David R. Smith  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 10, pp. 11005-11013 (2012)

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We consider the process of four-wave mixing in an array of gold nanowires strongly coupled to a gold film. Using full-wave simulations, we perform a quantitative comparison of the four-wave mixing efficiency associated with a bare film and films with nanowire arrays. We find that the strongly localized surface plasmon resonances of the coupled nanowires provide an additional local field enhancement that, along with the delocalized surface plasmon of the film, produces an overall four-wave mixing efficiency enhancement of up to six orders of magnitude over that of the bare film. The enhancement occurs over a wide range of excitation angles. The film-coupled nanowire array is easily amenable to nanofabrication, and could find application as an ultra-compact component for integrated photonic and quantum optic systems.

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OCIS Codes
(190.4380) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, four-wave mixing
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(260.3910) Physical optics : Metal optics
(240.3695) Optics at surfaces : Linear and nonlinear light scattering from surfaces

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: March 8, 2012
Revised Manuscript: April 19, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: April 20, 2012
Published: April 26, 2012

Ekaterina Poutrina, Cristian Ciracì, Daniel J. Gauthier, and David R. Smith, "Enhancing four-wave-mixing processes by nanowire arrays coupled to a gold film," Opt. Express 20, 11005-11013 (2012)

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