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Making photons talk: opportunities for engineered light matter interactions in emerging materials (Conference Presentation)
Author(s): Nathaniel Kinsey
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Paper Abstract

The unlimited control of the amplitude and phase of a light wave has been a primary goal of optics since its inception. Recently, the advent of nanostructures materials, metamaterials, and metasurfaces have led to new approaches for manipulating the flow of light. However these devices are not as agile as desired because their functionality is generally defined at the time of fabrication. To extend the capabilities of such materials, tunability and dynamic control has been explored with many successes, and one promising candidate for control is nonlinear optics. Traditionally, nonlinear approaches have been difficult to achieve due to the small induced changes to the constituent material, but recent advances in materials have identified several potential platforms which can make photons talk more efficiently. Here we will discuss and review the recent advances in nonlinear optical processes in near-zero-index materials as well as in emerging alternative plasmonic materials which are opening the door to engineer extreme nonlinear light matter interactions for dynamic metamaterials and integrated photonics.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 September 2018
Proc. SPIE 10719, Metamaterials, Metadevices, and Metasystems 2018, 107190X (17 September 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2321151
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Nathaniel Kinsey, Virginia Commonwealth Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10719:
Metamaterials, Metadevices, and Metasystems 2018
Nader Engheta; Mikhail A. Noginov; Nikolay I. Zheludev, Editor(s)

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