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  • Vol. 35, Iss. 10 — May. 15, 2010
  • pp: 1551–1553

Nonlocal ponderomotive nonlinearity in plasmonics

Pavel Ginzburg, Alex Hayat, Nikolai Berkovitch, and Meir Orenstein  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 35, Issue 10, pp. 1551-1553 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.35.001551


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Abstract

We analyze an inherent nonlinearity of surface plasmon polaritons at the interface of Fermi–Dirac metal plasma, stemming from the depletion of electron density in high-intensity regions. The derived optical nonlinear coefficients are comparable with the experimental values for metals. We calculate the dispersion relations for the nonlinear propagation of high-intensity surface plasmon polaritons, predicting a nonlinearity-induced cutoff and vanishing group velocity.

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OCIS Codes
(190.0190) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics
(190.4390) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, integrated optics

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

History
Original Manuscript: November 25, 2009
Revised Manuscript: January 27, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: April 1, 2010
Published: May 5, 2010

Citation
Pavel Ginzburg, Alex Hayat, Nikolai Berkovitch, and Meir Orenstein, "Nonlocal ponderomotive nonlinearity in plasmonics," Opt. Lett. 35, 1551-1553 (2010)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-35-10-1551


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