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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 8 — Apr. 9, 2012
  • pp: 8929–8938

Actively tunable bistable optical Yagi-Uda nanoantenna

Ivan S. Maksymov, Andrey E. Miroshnichenko, and Yuri S. Kivshar  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 8, pp. 8929-8938 (2012)

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We propose and theoretically demonstrate a novel type of optical Yagi-Uda nanoantennas tunable via variation of the free-carrier density of a semiconductor disk placed in a gap of a metallic dipole feeding element. Unlike its narrowband all-metal counterparts, this nanoantenna exhibits a broadband unidirectional emission and demonstrates a bistable response in a preferential direction of the far-field zone, which opens up unique possibilities for ultrafast control of subwavelength light not attainable with dipole or bowtie architectures.

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OCIS Codes
(190.1450) Nonlinear optics : Bistability
(250.5403) Optoelectronics : Plasmonics
(310.6628) Thin films : Subwavelength structures, nanostructures

ToC Category:
Optics at Surfaces

Original Manuscript: February 17, 2012
Revised Manuscript: March 14, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: March 24, 2012
Published: April 2, 2012

Ivan S. Maksymov, Andrey E. Miroshnichenko, and Yuri S. Kivshar, "Actively tunable bistable optical Yagi-Uda nanoantenna," Opt. Express 20, 8929-8938 (2012)

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