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Ultrafast all-optical switching via coherent modulation of metamaterial absorption

Ultrafast all-optical switching via coherent modulation of metamaterial absorption
Ultrafast all-optical switching via coherent modulation of metamaterial absorption
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 30nm 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.
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Fang, Xu
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Lun Tseng, Ming
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MacDonald, Kevin F.
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Ping Tsai, Din
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Zheludev, Nikolay I.
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Fang, Xu
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MacDonald, Kevin F.
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Fang, Xu, Lun Tseng, Ming, Ou, Jun-Yu, MacDonald, Kevin F., Ping Tsai, Din and Zheludev, Nikolay I. (2014) Ultrafast all-optical switching via coherent modulation of metamaterial absorption. Applied Physics Letters, 104. (doi:10.1063/1.4870635).

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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 30nm 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.

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Accepted/In Press date: 26 March 2014
e-pub ahead of print date: 7 April 2014
Published date: 7 April 2014
Organisations: Optoelectronics Research Centre

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Local EPrints ID: 364376
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/364376
ISSN: 0003-6951
PURE UUID: 65349e6c-24e2-47f5-9193-bc5ea51730af
ORCID for Xu Fang: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-1735-2654
ORCID for Jun-Yu Ou: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-8028-6130
ORCID for Kevin F. MacDonald: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-3877-2976
ORCID for Nikolay I. Zheludev: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-1013-6636

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Date deposited: 24 Apr 2014 10:25
Last modified: 03 Dec 2019 02:03

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Author: Xu Fang ORCID iD
Author: Ming Lun Tseng
Author: Jun-Yu Ou ORCID iD
Author: Din Ping Tsai

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