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Solitons, vortices, and guided waves in plasmonic metamaterials
Author(s): A. D. Boardman; P. Egan; R. C. Mitchell-Thomas; Y. G. Rapoport
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Paper Abstract

The history of optical solitons is fascinating and any theory of these has a weakly guiding foundation. Vortex generation and propagation properties have also a beautiful history, and the possibility of generating them together with magnetooptic control in plasmonic metamaterials will be discussed in detail. An emphasis will be placed on the fact that spatial solitons have a lot of application possibilities, especially when placed into the context of materials being used in a light-controlling light environment that is suitable for optical chips of the future. In addition, temporal solitons will also be invoked. An initial emphasis will be placed upon narrow beams and extremely short pulses, but it will be pointed out very strongly that detailed control of light-packets can also be introduced by using plasmonic metamaterials in the optical frequency range. This feature requires an exact study of wave propagation in waveguides that are possibly tapered, or simply just power controlled. To any designs that are proposed can be added the advantage of using magnetooptics. The complicated structures that will be examined will include soliton-like channels near interfaces. Optically linear and nonlinear metamaterials will be discussed in this context. The applications of the outcomes should lead to a new range of optical switching.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 September 2010
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 7757, Plasmonics: Metallic Nanostructures and Their Optical Properties VIII, 775711 (10 September 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.862741
Show Author Affiliations
A. D. Boardman, Univ. of Salford (United Kingdom)
P. Egan, Univ. of Salford (United Kingdom)
R. C. Mitchell-Thomas, Univ. of Salford (United Kingdom)
Y. G. Rapoport, Univ. of Salford (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7757:
Plasmonics: Metallic Nanostructures and Their Optical Properties VIII
Mark I. Stockman, Editor(s)

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