We theoretically investigate and optimize a multilayer planar structure with enhanced magneto-optical (MO) activity. The extraordinary optical transmission observed in a periodically perforated metal plate with subwavelength holes is used to produce a higher MO activity. We consider a three-layer structure that consists of a dielectric layer placed between the perforated metal and the MO layers. In this structure, we obtained the enhancement of Faraday rotation by three times and the Kerr effect by an order as compared to the published results.
© 2013 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: January 16, 2013
Revised Manuscript: February 18, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: February 20, 2013
Published: March 20, 2013
Victor Dmitriev, Fernando Paixão, and Marcelo Kawakatsu, "Enhancement of Faraday and Kerr rotations in three-layer heterostructure with extraordinary optical transmission effect," Opt. Lett. 38, 1052-1054 (2013)