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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 23 — Nov. 18, 2013
  • pp: 28817–28823

Enhanced nonlinear optical effects due to the excitation of optical Tamm plasmon polaritons in one-dimensional photonic crystal structures

Kwang Jin Lee, J. W. Wu, and Kihong Kim  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 23, pp. 28817-28823 (2013)

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We suggest optimally designed one-dimensional metal/photonic crystal structures for the excitation of optical Tamm plasmon polaritons, which show strongly enhanced electromagnetic field intensities compared to those due to conventional surface plasmon excitations. We assume that the photonic crystal is made of weakly nonlinear optical materials and calculate the reflectance and the electromagnetic field distribution precisely, using the invariant imbedding method generalized to nonlinear media. We find field intensity enhancement factors as large as 3,000 at the metal/photonic crystal interface. We verify that due to this strong enhancement, nonlinear optical effects such as optical bistability can be observed for very small values of the incident wave power. Our results imply that using our structure, very strong surface enhanced Raman scattering signals can be achieved and optical switching devices can be operated in much lower threshold light intensities.

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OCIS Codes
(190.1450) Nonlinear optics : Bistability
(240.4350) Optics at surfaces : Nonlinear optics at surfaces
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(240.6690) Optics at surfaces : Surface waves

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Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: September 17, 2013
Revised Manuscript: October 21, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: October 22, 2013
Published: November 15, 2013

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Kwang Jin Lee, J. W. Wu, and Kihong Kim, "Enhanced nonlinear optical effects due to the excitation of optical Tamm plasmon polaritons in one-dimensional photonic crystal structures," Opt. Express 21, 28817-28823 (2013)

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