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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 37, Iss. 15 — Aug. 1, 2012
  • pp: 3258–3260

Optomechanical nanoantenna

Alireza Bonakdar, John Kohoutek, Dibyendu Dey, and Hooman Mohseni  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 37, Issue 15, pp. 3258-3260 (2012)

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We introduce optomechanical nanoantennae, which show dramatic changes in scattering properties by minuscule changes in geometry. These structures are very compact, with a volume 500 times smaller than free-space optical wavelength volume. This deep subwavelength geometry leads to high speed and low switching power. The bandwidth of the device is about 4.4 GHz, with a switching energy of only 35 pJ. Such antenna structures could lead to compact and high-speed all-optical nanoswitches.

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OCIS Codes
(230.0230) Optical devices : Optical devices
(230.4110) Optical devices : Modulators
(250.5300) Optoelectronics : Photonic integrated circuits
(130.4815) Integrated optics : Optical switching devices
(250.5403) Optoelectronics : Plasmonics
(250.6715) Optoelectronics : Switching

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Original Manuscript: March 22, 2012
Revised Manuscript: May 25, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: June 22, 2012
Published: July 30, 2012

Alireza Bonakdar, John Kohoutek, Dibyendu Dey, and Hooman Mohseni, "Optomechanical nanoantenna," Opt. Lett. 37, 3258-3260 (2012)

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