Unprecedented optical control of the surface plasmon polariton assisted transmission of terahertz radiation through subwavelength apertures is rendered possible by carrier-induced changes to the dielectric properties of a semiconductor grating. Although the study presented is static, the extension of our approach to dynamic switching and tuning is deemed straightforward, opening the way for the realization of ultrafast surface plasmon based devices.
© 2005 Optical Society of America
(050.2770) Diffraction and gratings : Gratings
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(260.3090) Physical optics : Infrared, far
(300.6500) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, time-resolved
C. Janke, J. Gómez Rivas, P. Haring Bolivar, and H. Kurz, "All-optical switching of the transmission of electromagnetic radiation through subwavelength apertures," Opt. Lett. 30, 2357-2359 (2005)