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  • Editor: Xi-Cheng Zhang
  • Vol. 39, Iss. 11 — Jun. 1, 2014
  • pp: 3212–3215

Low-threshold optical bistabilities in ultrathin nonlinear metamaterials

Shiwei Tang, Baocheng Zhu, Shiyi Xiao, Jung-Tsung Shen, and Lei Zhou  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 39, Issue 11, pp. 3212-3215 (2014)

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Optical bistability typically occurs only when the optical thickness in the device or the input light power is unfavorably large. Here we show that, for a class of plasmonic metamaterials consisting of ultrathin holey metallic plates filled with nonlinear materials, the optical bistability can occur with an ultralow excitation power. We present a realistic design working at 0.2 THz and perform full-wave simulations to quantitatively study its optical bistability properties. An analytical model is developed to explain the inherent physics and provides a general design guideline for future development.

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OCIS Codes
(190.0190) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics
(310.0310) Thin films : Thin films
(160.3918) Materials : Metamaterials
(250.5403) Optoelectronics : Plasmonics

ToC Category:
Thin Films

Original Manuscript: March 26, 2014
Revised Manuscript: April 14, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: April 16, 2014
Published: May 26, 2014

Shiwei Tang, Baocheng Zhu, Shiyi Xiao, Jung-Tsung Shen, and Lei Zhou, "Low-threshold optical bistabilities in ultrathin nonlinear metamaterials," Opt. Lett. 39, 3212-3215 (2014)

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