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Epsilon-near-zero plasmonic waveguides to enhance nonlinear coherent light-matter interactions
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Paper Abstract

We demonstrate a way to coherently control light at the nanoscale and achieve coherent perfect absorption (CPA) by using epsilon-near-zero (ENZ) plasmonic waveguides. The presented waveguides support an effective ENZ response at their cut-off frequency, combined with strong and homogeneous field enhancement along their nanochannels. The CPA conditions are perfectly satisfied at the ENZ frequency, surprisingly by a subwavelength plasmonic structure, resulting in strong CPA under the illumination of two counter-propagating plane waves with appropriate amplitudes and phases. In addition, we investigate the nonlinear response of the proposed ENZ plasmonic configuration as we increase the input intensity of the incident waves. We demonstrate that the CPA phenomenon can become both intensity- and phasedependent in this case leading to new tunable all-optical switching and absorption devices.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 September 2018
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 10721, Active Photonic Platforms X, 1072106 (19 September 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2320011
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Ying Li, Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln (United States)
Christos Argyropoulos, Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10721:
Active Photonic Platforms X
Ganapathi S. Subramania; Stavroula Foteinopoulou, Editor(s)

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