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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 33, Iss. 11 — Jun. 1, 2008
  • pp: 1249–1251

Giant bistable lateral shift owing to surface-plasmon excitation in Kretschmann configuration with a Kerr nonlinear dielectric

Haichun Zhou, Xi Chen, Peng Hou, and Chun-Fang Li  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 33, Issue 11, pp. 1249-1251 (2008)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.33.001249


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Abstract

We investigate the reflection of a TM-polarized light beam from a Kretschmann configuration with a Kerr nonlinear dielectric. It is found that there exists a hysteretic response between the lateral shift of the reflected beam and the intensity of the incident beam. In contrast to the lower switch threshold, the higher switch threshold of optical bistability is more sensitive to the variations of the angle of incidence and the thickness of metal film. It is also found that the peak value of the lateral shift is strongly dependent on the thickness of metal film.

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OCIS Codes
(120.5700) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Reflection
(190.1450) Nonlinear optics : Bistability
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(260.3910) Physical optics : Metal optics

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

History
Original Manuscript: December 6, 2007
Revised Manuscript: April 11, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: April 14, 2008
Published: May 29, 2008

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Citation
Haichun Zhou, Xi Chen, Peng Hou, and Chun-Fang Li, "Giant bistable lateral shift owing to surface-plasmon excitation in Kretschmann configuration with a Kerr nonlinear dielectric," Opt. Lett. 33, 1249-1251 (2008)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-33-11-1249


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