Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Manipulating optical signals at sub-wavelength scale by planar arrays of metallic nanospheres: Towards plasmonic interference devices. (arXiv:1107.5247v1 [cond-mat.mes-hall])

Manipulating optical signals at sub-wavelength scale by planar arrays of metallic nanospheres: Towards plasmonic interference devices. (arXiv:1107.5247v1 [cond-mat.mes-hall]): "
We show that interference can be the principle of operation of an all-optical
switch and other nanoscale plasmonic interference devices (PIDs). The optical
response of two types of planar plasmonic waveguides is studied theoretically:
bent chains and Y-shaped configurations of closely-spaced metallic nanospheres.
We study symmetric Y-shape arrays as an example of an all-optical switch and
demonstrate that effective phase- and amplitude-sensitive control of the output
signal can be achieved due to interference effects.

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