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Title: Optical bistability in a nonlinear shell coated metallic nanoparticle
Authors: Gao, Lei
Chen, Hongli
Zhang, Youming
Zhang, Baile
Keywords: Metamaterials
Nonlinear Optics
Issue Date: 2016
Source: Chen, H., Zhang, Y., Zhang, B., & Gao, L. (2016). Optical bistability in a nonlinear-shell-coated metallic nanoparticle. Scientific Report, 6, 21741-.
Series/Report no.: Scientific Reports
Abstract: We provide a self-consistent mean field approximation in the framework of Mie scattering theory to study the optical bistability of a metallic nanoparticle coated with a nonlinear shell. We demonstrate that the nanoparticle coated with a weakly nonlinear shell exhibits optical bistability in a broad range of incident optical intensity. This optical bistability critically relies on the geometry of the shell-coated nanoparticle, especially the fractional volume of the metallic core. The incident wavelength can also affect the optical bistability. Through an optimization-like process, we find a design with broader bistable region and lower threshold field by adjusting the size of the nonlinear shell, the fractional volume of the metallic core, and the incident wavelength. These results may find potential applications in optical bistable devices such as all-optical switches, optical transistors and optical memories.
ISSN: 2045-2322
DOI: 10.1038/srep21741
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