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  • Vol. 37, Iss. 13 — Jul. 1, 2012
  • pp: 2436–2438

Photorefractive control of surface plasmon polaritons in a hybrid liquid crystal cell

Stephen B. Abbott, Keith R. Daly, Giampaolo D’Alessandro, Malgosia Kaczmarek, and David C. Smith  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 37, Issue 13, pp. 2436-2438 (2012)

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We present a photorefractive hybrid liquid crystal system that allows strong photorefractive effects on surface plasmon polaritons. We demonstrate its capability to couple energy between two 1.03 eV surface plasmon polariton modes with an efficiency of 25.3±2.3%. We present the energy and grating pitch dependence of the diffraction and a model that can qualitatively explain them.

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(160.3710) Materials : Liquid crystals
(190.5330) Nonlinear optics : Photorefractive optics
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons

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Original Manuscript: January 30, 2012
Revised Manuscript: April 17, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: April 20, 2012
Published: June 18, 2012

Stephen B. Abbott, Keith R. Daly, Giampaolo D’Alessandro, Malgosia Kaczmarek, and David C. Smith, "Photorefractive control of surface plasmon polaritons in a hybrid liquid crystal cell," Opt. Lett. 37, 2436-2438 (2012)

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