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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 22 — Nov. 4, 2013
  • pp: 27503–27508

Tunable optical antennas enabled by the phase transition in vanadium dioxide

Stuart K. Earl, Timothy D. James, Timothy J. Davis, Jeffrey C. McCallum, Robert E. Marvel, Richard F. Haglund, and Ann Roberts  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 22, pp. 27503-27508 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.21.027503


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Abstract

Optical antennas, subwavelength metallic structures resonating at visible frequencies, are a relatively new branch of antenna technology being applied in science, technology and medicine. Dynamically tuning the resonances of these antennas would increase their range of application and offer potential increases in plasmonic device efficiencies. Silver nanoantenna arrays were fabricated on a thin film of the phase change material vanadium dioxide (VO2) and the resonant wavelength of these arrays was modulated by increasing the temperature of the substrate above the critical temperature (approximately 68°C). Depending on the array, wavelength modulation of up to 110 nm was observed.

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OCIS Codes
(160.6840) Materials : Thermo-optical materials
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(350.5340) Other areas of optics : Photothermal effects
(160.4236) Materials : Nanomaterials
(250.5403) Optoelectronics : Plasmonics
(310.6628) Thin films : Subwavelength structures, nanostructures

ToC Category:
Plasmonics

History
Original Manuscript: July 31, 2013
Revised Manuscript: September 15, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: September 17, 2013
Published: November 4, 2013

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Surface Plasmon Photonics (2013) Optics Express

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Stuart K. Earl, Timothy D. James, Timothy J. Davis, Jeffrey C. McCallum, Robert E. Marvel, Richard F. Haglund, and Ann Roberts, "Tunable optical antennas enabled by the phase transition in vanadium dioxide," Opt. Express 21, 27503-27508 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-21-22-27503


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