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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 27 — Dec. 17, 2012
  • pp: 28717–28723

The case for using gap plasmon-polaritons in second-order optical nonlinear processes

Jacob B. Khurgin and Greg Sun  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 27, pp. 28717-28723 (2012)

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We show that using metal-insulator-metal (MIM) waveguides to carry out various second-order nonlinear optical processes not only provides highly desired tight optical confinement but also facilitates the phase-matching due to their inherently large anisotropy. This fact allows one to take advantage of otherwise inaccessible large nonlinear susceptibilities of the cubic zinc blende semiconductors. Our efficiency estimates show that since only the longer wavelength infra-red radiation propagates in the surface-plasmon-polariton (SPP) mode, the losses in the metal, while significant, do not preclude development of highly compact nonlinear optical devices on this integration-friendly semiconductor platform.

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OCIS Codes
(190.4390) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, integrated optics
(190.4223) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear wave mixing
(250.5403) Optoelectronics : Plasmonics

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: November 2, 2012
Revised Manuscript: November 30, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: November 30, 2012
Published: December 10, 2012

Jacob B. Khurgin and Greg Sun, "The case for using gap plasmon-polaritons in second-order optical nonlinear processes," Opt. Express 20, 28717-28723 (2012)

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