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All-optical data processing via coherent control of metamaterial absorption

All-optical data processing via coherent control of metamaterial absorption
All-optical data processing via coherent control of metamaterial absorption
With internet traffic continuing to grow rapidly, there is continued, indeed increasing interest in new materials and new mechanisms for routing/switching optical signals, which can help to deliver the anticipated speed and capacity demands of next-generation data networks. Engaging the coherent interaction of optical waves on photonic metamaterial nanostructures provides for ultrafast all-optical control, at arbitrarily low intensity, of a wide variety of optical phenomena, from absorption and refraction to optical activity and anisotropy. We introduce this new coherent control concept and demonstrate ultrafast all-optical modulation that is well-suited for implementation in emerging coherent networks. We show that coherent control of absorption in a metamaterial nanostructure of sub-wavelength thickness offers all-optical control of near-infrared signals with THz modulation bandwidth.
Fang, X.
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MacDonald, K.F.
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Plum, E.
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Zheludev, N.I.
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Fang, X.
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MacDonald, K.F.
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Plum, E.
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Zheludev, N.I.
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Fang, X., MacDonald, K.F., Plum, E. and Zheludev, N.I. (2014) All-optical data processing via coherent control of metamaterial absorption. Photon 14, London, United Kingdom. 01 - 04 Sep 2014.

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Abstract

With internet traffic continuing to grow rapidly, there is continued, indeed increasing interest in new materials and new mechanisms for routing/switching optical signals, which can help to deliver the anticipated speed and capacity demands of next-generation data networks. Engaging the coherent interaction of optical waves on photonic metamaterial nanostructures provides for ultrafast all-optical control, at arbitrarily low intensity, of a wide variety of optical phenomena, from absorption and refraction to optical activity and anisotropy. We introduce this new coherent control concept and demonstrate ultrafast all-optical modulation that is well-suited for implementation in emerging coherent networks. We show that coherent control of absorption in a metamaterial nanostructure of sub-wavelength thickness offers all-optical control of near-infrared signals with THz modulation bandwidth.

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Published date: 2014
Venue - Dates: Photon 14, London, United Kingdom, 2014-09-01 - 2014-09-04
Organisations: Optoelectronics Research Centre

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Local EPrints ID: 375893
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/375893
PURE UUID: 47a5192c-28c9-48c5-9c91-a261c77351f0
ORCID for X. Fang: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-1735-2654
ORCID for K.F. MacDonald: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-3877-2976
ORCID for E. Plum: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-1552-1840
ORCID for N.I. Zheludev: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-1013-6636

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Date deposited: 17 Apr 2015 13:38
Last modified: 21 Mar 2019 01:37

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