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Nonlinear and active metamaterials
Author(s): Alexander K. Popov; Vladimir M. Shalaev
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Paper Abstract

The extraordinary properties of nonlinear optical propagation processes in double-domain positive/negative index metamaterials are reviewed. These processes include second harmonic generation, three- and four-wave frequency mixing, and optical parametric amplification. Striking contrasts with the properties of the counterparts in ordinary materials are shown. We also discuss the possibilities for compensating strong losses inherent to plasmonic metamaterials, which present a major obstacle in numerous exciting applications, and the possibilities for creation of unique ultracompact photonic devices such as data processing chips and nonlinear-optical sensors. Finally, we propose similar extraordinary three-wave mixing processes in crystals based on optical phonons with negative dispersion.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 September 2011
PDF: 27 pages
Proc. SPIE 8093, Metamaterials: Fundamentals and Applications IV, 809306 (10 September 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.896526
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Alexander K. Popov, Univ. of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (United States)
Vladimir M. Shalaev, Purdue Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8093:
Metamaterials: Fundamentals and Applications IV
Allan D. Boardman; Nader Engheta; Mikhail A. Noginov; Nikolay I. Zheludev, Editor(s)

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