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Phase-change and optomechanical functionalities in photonic metamaterials

Phase-change and optomechanical functionalities in photonic metamaterials
Phase-change and optomechanical functionalities in photonic metamaterials
Switchable and nonlinear metamaterials, with properties surpassing those of natural media, will underpin the next stage of the photonic technological revolution, providing a functional platform for nanoscale ‘meta-devices’. We report here on recent advances in the development of versatile, planar photonic metamaterial solutions to provide a new generation of nanoscale optical switching and memory devices:
We demonstrate that optically-induced phase transitions in germanium antimony telluride (GST) – a member of the chalcogenide alloy family upon which re-writable optical disc and phase-change RAM technologies are based - provide for the engineering of non-volatile metamaterial transmission/reflection modulators for the near- to mid-infrared range with thicknesses down to 1/27 of the operating wavelength.
And we introduce all-dielectric optomechanical metamaterials, wherein optical forces drive changes in structural configuration, as a new paradigm (inherently free of Joule losses) for achieving strong optical nonlinearity, optical bistability and asymmetric transmission at intensity levels of only a few hundred µW/µm2.
MacDonald, K.F.
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Zhang, Jianfa
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Gholipour, B.
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Maddock, Jonathan
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Hewak, D.W.
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MacDonald, K.F.
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Zhang, Jianfa
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Gholipour, B.
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Maddock, Jonathan
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Hewak, D.W.
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MacDonald, K.F., Zhang, Jianfa, Gholipour, B., Maddock, Jonathan, Hewak, D.W. and Zheludev, N.I. (2013) Phase-change and optomechanical functionalities in photonic metamaterials. E-MRS '13 Materials Research Society Spring Meeting, Strasbourg, France. 27 - 31 May 2013.

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Abstract

Switchable and nonlinear metamaterials, with properties surpassing those of natural media, will underpin the next stage of the photonic technological revolution, providing a functional platform for nanoscale ‘meta-devices’. We report here on recent advances in the development of versatile, planar photonic metamaterial solutions to provide a new generation of nanoscale optical switching and memory devices:
We demonstrate that optically-induced phase transitions in germanium antimony telluride (GST) – a member of the chalcogenide alloy family upon which re-writable optical disc and phase-change RAM technologies are based - provide for the engineering of non-volatile metamaterial transmission/reflection modulators for the near- to mid-infrared range with thicknesses down to 1/27 of the operating wavelength.
And we introduce all-dielectric optomechanical metamaterials, wherein optical forces drive changes in structural configuration, as a new paradigm (inherently free of Joule losses) for achieving strong optical nonlinearity, optical bistability and asymmetric transmission at intensity levels of only a few hundred µW/µm2.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 2013
Venue - Dates: E-MRS '13 Materials Research Society Spring Meeting, Strasbourg, France, 2013-05-27 - 2013-05-31
Organisations: Optoelectronics Research Centre

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Local EPrints ID: 366451
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/366451
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ORCID for K.F. MacDonald: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-3877-2976
ORCID for D.W. Hewak: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-2093-5773
ORCID for N.I. Zheludev: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-1013-6636

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Date deposited: 30 Jun 2014 11:12
Last modified: 20 Jul 2019 01:22

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Author: K.F. MacDonald ORCID iD
Author: Jianfa Zhang
Author: B. Gholipour
Author: Jonathan Maddock
Author: D.W. Hewak ORCID iD
Author: N.I. Zheludev ORCID iD

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