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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 35, Iss. 10 — May. 15, 2010
  • pp: 1506–1508

Nonreciprocal switching of V O 2 thin films on microstructured surfaces

Ismail Karakurt, Charles H. Adams, Paul Leiderer, Johannes Boneberg, and Richard F. Haglund, Jr.  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 35, Issue 10, pp. 1506-1508 (2010)

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We demonstrate that the combination of near-field focusing and a switchable oxide layer permits construction of a modulator with different optical switching thresholds in two opposing directions. For that purpose V O 2 layers are deposited onto spherical micrometer-sized particles. The phase transition in V O 2 is induced by a nanosecond-pulsed Nd:YAG laser from two different directions. The measured thresholds differ by a factor of 2.4, consistent with calculated differences in the intensities in the two directions.

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OCIS Codes
(130.4310) Integrated optics : Nonlinear
(190.4390) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, integrated optics
(310.6860) Thin films : Thin films, optical properties
(160.3918) Materials : Metamaterials
(130.4815) Integrated optics : Optical switching devices
(310.6845) Thin films : Thin film devices and applications

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Original Manuscript: November 24, 2009
Revised Manuscript: March 24, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: March 27, 2010
Published: May 4, 2010

Ismail Karakurt, Charles H. Adams, Paul Leiderer, Johannes Boneberg, and Richard F. Haglund, Jr., "Nonreciprocal switching of VO2 thin films on microstructured surfaces," Opt. Lett. 35, 1506-1508 (2010)

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