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  • Vol. 8, Iss. 10 — Nov. 8, 2013

Surface phonon-polariton enhanced optical forces in silicon carbide nanostructures

Dongfang Li, Nabil M. Lawandy, and Rashid Zia  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 18, pp. 20900-20910 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.21.020900


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Abstract

The enhanced optical forces induced by surface phonon-polariton (SPhP) modes are investigated in different silicon carbide (SiC) nanostructures. Specifically, we calculate optical forces using the Maxwell stress tensor for three different geometries: spherical particles, slab waveguides, and rectangular waveguides. We show that SPhP modes in SiC can produce very large forces, more than one order of magnitude larger than the surface plasmon-polariton (SPP) forces in analogous metal nanostructures. The material and geometric basis for these large optical forces are examined in terms of dispersive permittivity, separation distance, and operating wavelength.

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OCIS Codes
(220.4880) Optical design and fabrication : Optomechanics
(230.7370) Optical devices : Waveguides
(240.5420) Optics at surfaces : Polaritons
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(240.6690) Optics at surfaces : Surface waves
(350.4855) Other areas of optics : Optical tweezers or optical manipulation

ToC Category:
Optics at Surfaces

History
Original Manuscript: June 26, 2013
Revised Manuscript: August 15, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: August 16, 2013
Published: August 30, 2013

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Vol. 8, Iss. 10 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

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Dongfang Li, Nabil M. Lawandy, and Rashid Zia, "Surface phonon-polariton enhanced optical forces in silicon carbide nanostructures," Opt. Express 21, 20900-20910 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/vjbo/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-21-18-20900


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