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Nonlinear optics of photonic hypercrystals: optical limiting and hypercomputing (Conference Presentation)
Author(s): Igor I. Smolyaninov

Paper Abstract

Photonic hyper-crystals combine the most interesting features of hyperbolic metamaterials and photonic crystals. Since the dispersion law of extraordinary photons in hyperbolic metamaterials does not exhibit the usual diffraction limit, photonic hyper-crystals exhibit light localization on deep subwavelength scales, leading to considerable enhancement of nonlinear photon-photon interaction. Therefore, similar to their conventional photonic crystal counterparts, nonlinear photonic hyper-crystals appear to be very promising in optical limiting and optical computing applications. Nonlinear optics of photonic hyper-crystals may be formulated in such a way that one of the spatial coordinates would play a role of effective time in a 2+1 dimensional optical spacetime describing light propagation in the hyper-crystal. Mapping the conventional optical computing onto nonlinear optics of photonic hyper-crystals results in a “hyper-computing” scheme, which may considerably accelerate computation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 March 2020
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Proc. SPIE 11284, Smart Photonic and Optoelectronic Integrated Circuits XXII, 112840W (9 March 2020); doi: 10.1117/12.2545127
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Igor I. Smolyaninov, Univ. of Maryland, College Park (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11284:
Smart Photonic and Optoelectronic Integrated Circuits XXII
Sailing He; Laurent Vivien, Editor(s)

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