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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 4 — Feb. 13, 2012
  • pp: 4537–4547

Local-field enhancement effect on the nonlinear optical response of gold-silver nanoplanets

T. Cesca, P. Calvelli, G. Battaglin, P. Mazzoldi, and G. Mattei  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 4, pp. 4537-4547 (2012)

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We report on the nonlinear optical properties of Au-Ag nanoplanets produced by ion implantation and irradiation in silica, experimentally investigated by means of the single beam z-scan technique. The measurements provided experimental evidence of the intense local-field enhancement effect theoretically demonstrated for these plasmonic nanosystems. In particular, this has a dramatic impact on their nonlinear absorption behavior and results in a tunable changeover from reverse saturable absorption to saturable absorption by slightly varying the pump intensity and in the possibility to activate and observe nonlinear phenomena of the electron dynamics otherwise unaccessible in the intensity range that can be employed to study these materials. Finally, for the nanoplanet configuration we found a dramatic decrease of the intensity-dependent absorption coefficient, which could be very promising for obtaining optical gain materials.

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OCIS Codes
(190.4400) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, materials
(310.3840) Thin films : Materials and process characterization
(160.4236) Materials : Nanomaterials
(310.6628) Thin films : Subwavelength structures, nanostructures

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: October 14, 2011
Revised Manuscript: November 11, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: November 13, 2011
Published: February 9, 2012

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T. Cesca, P. Calvelli, G. Battaglin, P. Mazzoldi, and G. Mattei, "Local-field enhancement effect on the nonlinear optical response of gold-silver nanoplanets," Opt. Express 20, 4537-4547 (2012)

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