Ultrafast all-optical switching via coherent modulation of metamaterial absorption
Tseng, Ming Lun
MacDonald, Kevin F.
Tsai, Din Ping
Zheludev, Nikolay I.
Date of Issue2014
School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences
We report on the demonstration of a femtosecond all-optical modulator providing, without nonlinearity and therefore at arbitrarily low intensity, ultrafast light-by-light control. The device engages the coherent interaction of optical waves on a metamaterial nanostructure only 30 nm thick to efficiently control absorption of near-infrared (750–1040 nm) femtosecond pulses, providing switching contrast ratios approaching 3:1 with a modulation bandwidth in excess of 2 THz. The functional paradigm illustrated here opens the path to a broad family of meta-devices for ultrafast optical data processing in coherent networks.
DRNTU::Science::Physics::Optics and light
Applied physics letters
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