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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 11 — Jun. 3, 2013
  • pp: 13794–13799

Optical bistability in subwavelength compound metallic grating

H. Lu and X. M. Liu  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 11, pp. 13794-13799 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.21.013794


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Abstract

We have investigated the optical bistability behavior based on an electromagnetically induced reflection (EIR) effect in a compound metallic grating consisting of subwavelength slits and Kerr nonlinear nanocavities embedded in a metallic film. The theoretical and simulation results show that a narrow peak in the broad reflection dip possesses a red-shift with increasing the refractive index of coupled nanocavities. Importantly, we have obtained an obvious optical bistability with threshold intensity about ten times lower than that of metallic grating coated by nonlinear material. The results indicate that our structure may find excellent applications for nonlinear plasmonic devices, especially optical switches and modulators.

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OCIS Codes
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(230.4555) Optical devices : Coupled resonators
(310.6628) Thin films : Subwavelength structures, nanostructures

ToC Category:
Optics at Surfaces

History
Original Manuscript: April 9, 2013
Revised Manuscript: May 14, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: May 20, 2013
Published: May 31, 2013

Citation
H. Lu and X. M. Liu, "Optical bistability in subwavelength compound metallic grating," Opt. Express 21, 13794-13799 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-21-11-13794


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