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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 38, Iss. 21 — Nov. 1, 2013
  • pp: 4288–4291

Twisted light in a nonlinear mirror

Mikhail I. Shalaev, Zhaxylyk A. Kudyshev, and Natalia M. Litchinitser  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 38, Issue 21, pp. 4288-4291 (2013)

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Opposite directionality of the Poynting vector and the wave vector, an inherent property of negative index metamaterials (NIMs), was predicted to enable backward phase-matching condition for a second harmonic generation (SHG) process. As a result, such a nonlinear negative index slab acts as a nonlinear mirror. In this Letter, we predict that SHG with structured light carrying orbital angular momentum (OAM) and propagating in NIMs results in a possibility of generating a backward propagating beam with simultaneously doubled frequency, OAM, and reversed rotation direction of the wavefront. These results may find applications in high-dimensional communication systems, quantum information processing, and optical manipulation on a nanoscale.

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OCIS Codes
(190.4360) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, devices
(160.3918) Materials : Metamaterials

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Original Manuscript: June 12, 2013
Revised Manuscript: July 23, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: August 31, 2013
Published: October 18, 2013

Mikhail I. Shalaev, Zhaxylyk A. Kudyshev, and Natalia M. Litchinitser, "Twisted light in a nonlinear mirror," Opt. Lett. 38, 4288-4291 (2013)

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