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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 23 — Nov. 18, 2013
  • pp: 28842–28848

Surface plasmon-enhanced transverse magnetic second-harmonic generation

Wei Zheng, Aubrey T. Hanbicki, Berry T. Jonker, and Gunter Lüpke  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 23, pp. 28842-28848 (2013)

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We present experimental studies on surface plasmon (SP) enhanced transverse magnetic second-harmonic generation (T-MSHG) in single-crystal iron films grown by molecular beam epitaxy at room temperature on MgO (001) substrates. We show that it is possible to achieve both strongly enhanced T-MSHG intensity and high magnetic contrast ratio under attenuated total reflection configuration without using complex heterostructures because MSHG is generated directly at the iron surface where SPs are present. The T-MSHG has a much larger contrast ratio than transverse magneto-optical Kerr effect (T-MOKE) and shows great potential for a new generation of bio-chemical sensors due to its very high surface sensitivity. In addition, by analyzing the experimental results and the simulations based on SP field-enhancement theory, we demonstrate that the second-order susceptibility of MSHG shows great anisotropy and the tensor χ xzz odd is dominant in our sample.

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OCIS Codes
(160.3820) Materials : Magneto-optical materials
(190.2620) Nonlinear optics : Harmonic generation and mixing
(190.4350) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics at surfaces
(230.3810) Optical devices : Magneto-optic systems
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: September 17, 2013
Revised Manuscript: October 8, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: October 8, 2013
Published: November 15, 2013

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Wei Zheng, Aubrey T. Hanbicki, Berry T. Jonker, and Gunter Lüpke, "Surface plasmon-enhanced transverse magnetic second-harmonic generation," Opt. Express 21, 28842-28848 (2013)

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