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Embedded electrode electro-optic composite materials
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Paper Abstract

We explore new concepts for electro-optic (EO) modulator designs based on local-field enhancement and electrodes in close proximity for improving the performance of nonlinear materials. Using nanopatterned metals or conductive materials for electrodes and plasmonic elements we show that the effective nonlinearity can be enhanced and concurrently the driving voltage reduced for electro-optic active materials. We especially devote our attention on EO modulator applications using polymers doped with active chromophores. Our substrate materials are mesoscopically patterned using focused ion beam milling. The critical dimensions of the features are smaller than a wavelength. The effective medium theory is used to analyze the results.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 September 2006
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 6320, Complex Photonic Media, 63200R (29 September 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.682488
Show Author Affiliations
Robert L. Nelson, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
James G. Grote, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Joseph W. Haus, Univ. of Dayton (United States)
Brad Birchfield, Univ. of Dayton (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6320:
Complex Photonic Media
Graeme Dewar; Martin W. McCall; Mikhail A. Noginov; Nikolay I. Zheludev, Editor(s)

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