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Peculiarities of the light-matter interactions in ultrathin plasmonic nanostructures (Conference Presentation)
Author(s): Igor V. Bondarev; Hamze Mousavi; Vladimir M. Shalaev

Paper Abstract

We report on the recent progress in the theoretical understanding of the quantum optical properties of quasi-2D plasmonic nanostructures (metasurfaces and films) of controlled finite thickness [1-4]. While being constant for relatively thick films, the plasma frequency of ultrathin plasmonic films acquires the spatial dispersion typical of 2D materials, gradually shifting to the red with the film thickness reduction [1]. This explains recent experiments done on ultrathin TiN films of controlled variable thickness [5]. The confinement induced plasma frequency spatial dispersion and associated dielectric response nonlocality can result in the new attractive features of the magneto-optical response of the film [3]. The magnetic permeability exhibits a sharp resonance structure shifting to the red as the film aspect ratio increases. When tuned appropriately, the ultrathin films of finite lateral size can be negatively refractive in the IR frequency range. As compared to the thick film, a dipole emitter near the ultrathin film shows a two-order-of-magnitude radiative decay rate enhancement with inelastic electron scattering diminishing the effect. The radiative decay rate can even be enhanced unidirectionally using the ultrathin, periodically anisotropic metal-dielectric plasmonic nanostructures [4]. Last but not least, we discuss the peculiarities such as the overall temperature behavior of the ENZ plasmonic modes and their interaction with light in such systems. We show that the light-matter interaction in close proximity to plasmonic films can be controlled not only by varying the chemical composition and material quality of the film but also by adjusting its thickness and aspect ratio as well as by choosing the deposition substrates and coating layers appropriately. We believe our findings open up entirely new avenues for potential applications of ultrathin plasmonic films in modern optoelectronics. Acknowledgments: NSF-DMR-1830874 (I.V.B.), DOE-DE-SC0007117 (H.M.), ONR-N00014-16-1-3003 (V.M.S.) References: [1] I. V. Bondarev and V. M. Shalaev, Universal features of the optical properties of ultrathin plasmonic films, Optical Mater. Express 7, 3731 (2017). [2] I.V. Bondarev and V.M. Shalaev, Quantum electrodynamics of optical metasurfaces, 2018 International Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society Symposium (ACES), 1-2. [3] I. V. Bondarev, H. Mousavi, and V. M. Shalaev, Optical response of finite-thickness ultrathin plasmonic films, MRS Commun. 8, 1092 (2018). [4] I. V. Bondarev, Finite-thickness effects in plasmonic films with periodic cylindrical anisotropy [Invited], Optical Mater. Express 9, 285 (2019). [5] D. Shah, H. Reddy, N. Kinsey, V.M. Shalaev, and A. Boltasseva, Optical properties of plasmonic ultrathin TiN films, Adv. Optical Mater. 5, 1700065 (2017).

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 September 2019
Proc. SPIE 11080, Metamaterials, Metadevices, and Metasystems 2019, 1108015 (9 September 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2527948
Show Author Affiliations
Igor V. Bondarev, North Carolina Central Univ. (United States)
Hamze Mousavi, North Carolina Central Univ. (United States)
Vladimir M. Shalaev, Purdue Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11080:
Metamaterials, Metadevices, and Metasystems 2019
Nader Engheta; Mikhail A. Noginov; Nikolay I. Zheludev, Editor(s)

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