A motion-induced optical bistability is shown for a metal nanoparticle dimer that is plasmon coupled and bound with dispersion (colloidal) forces. The effect does not require any material nonlinearity.
© 2008 Optical Society of America
Optics at Surfaces
Original Manuscript: September 11, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: October 20, 2008
Published: December 12, 2008
Sergey V. Perminov, Vladimir P. Drachev, and Sergey G. Rautian, "Optical bistability driven by the light-induced forces between metal nanoparticles," Opt. Lett. 33, 2998-3000 (2008)