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Current control of light by nonreciprocal magnetoplasmonics

Gong, Yongkang, Li, Kang, Carver, Sara, Martinez, Juan Jose, Huang, Jungang, Thueux, Yoann, Avlonitis, Nick and Copner, Nigel 2015. Current control of light by nonreciprocal magnetoplasmonics. Applied Physics Letters 106 (19) , 191104. 10.1063/1.4921208

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The ability to actively control light has long been a major scientific and technological goal. We proposed a scheme that allows for active control of light by utilizing the nonreciprocal magnetoplasmonic effect. As a proof of concept, we applied current signal through an ultrathin metallic film in a magneto-plasmonic multilayer and found that dynamic photonic nonreciprocity appears in magnetic-optical material layer due to the magnetic field being induced from current signal and modulates surface plasmon polaritons trapped in the metal surface and the light reflected. The proposed concept provides a possible way for the active control of light and could find potential applications such as ultrafast optoelectronic signal processing for plasmonic nanocircuit technology and ultrafast/large-aperture free-space electro-optic modulation platform for wireless laser communication technology.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Physics and Astronomy
Publisher: AIP Publishing
ISSN: 0003-6951
Date of Acceptance: 5 May 2015
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2019 11:00

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