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Investigation of the nonlinear optical response from arrays of Au bowtie nanoantennas
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Paper Abstract

We demonstrate that the optical response of a single Au bowtie nano-antenna (BNA) can be favorably modified to increase the local intensity by a factor of 103 in the feed gap region when a periodic array of BNAs are used. We use the periodicity of the arrays as an additional degree of freedom in manipulating the optical response and investigate the behavior of the resultant nonlinear emission, which include second harmonic generation (SHG), two-photon photoluminescence (TPPL), and an additional photoluminescence that cannot be attributed to a single multiphoton process. We discuss the effects of the array with respect to the nonlinear emission and also find that the considerable field enhancement of our antenna system leads to a broadband continuum whose spectral response is highly controllable. Resonantly excited arrays of BNAs were seen to exhibit a remarkably uniform emission over 250 nm of the visible spectrum. In addition, our analysis suggests that high field enhancements, as well as resonance matching, may not be the only preconditions for enhanced nonlinear emission. To our knowledge, this is the first report of implementing optical antennas in an array to favorably augment its optical response.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 March 2011
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 7946, Photonic and Phononic Properties of Engineered Nanostructures, 794626 (1 March 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.875309
Show Author Affiliations
Kaspar D. Ko, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (United States)
Anil Kumar, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (United States)
Kin Hung Fung, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (United States)
Raghu Ambekar, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (United States)
Gang Logan Liu, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (United States)
Nicholas X. Fang, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (United States)
Kimani C. Toussaint Jr., Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7946:
Photonic and Phononic Properties of Engineered Nanostructures
Ali Adibi; Shawn-Yu Lin; Axel Scherer, Editor(s)

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