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Coherent control of light-matter interactions in polarization standing waves

Coherent control of light-matter interactions in polarization standing waves
Coherent control of light-matter interactions in polarization standing waves
We experimentally demonstrate that standing waves formed by two coherent counter-propagating light waves can take a variety of forms, offering new approaches to the interrogation and control of polarization-sensitive light-matter interactions in ultrathin (subwavelength thickness) media. In contrast to familiar energy standing waves, polarization standing waves have constant electric and magnetic energy densities and a periodically varying polarization state along the wave axis. counterintuitively, anisotropic ultrathin (meta)materials can be made sensitive or insensitive to such polarization variations by adjusting their azimuthal angle.
Fang, Xu
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MacDonald, Kevin F.
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Plum, Eric
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Zheludev, Nikolay I.
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Fang, Xu
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MacDonald, Kevin F.
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Plum, Eric
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Zheludev, Nikolay I.
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Fang, Xu, MacDonald, Kevin F., Plum, Eric and Zheludev, Nikolay I. (2016) Coherent control of light-matter interactions in polarization standing waves. Scientific Reports, 6, [31141]. (doi:10.1038/srep31141).

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We experimentally demonstrate that standing waves formed by two coherent counter-propagating light waves can take a variety of forms, offering new approaches to the interrogation and control of polarization-sensitive light-matter interactions in ultrathin (subwavelength thickness) media. In contrast to familiar energy standing waves, polarization standing waves have constant electric and magnetic energy densities and a periodically varying polarization state along the wave axis. counterintuitively, anisotropic ultrathin (meta)materials can be made sensitive or insensitive to such polarization variations by adjusting their azimuthal angle.

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Accepted/In Press date: 14 July 2016
e-pub ahead of print date: 12 August 2016
Published date: 12 August 2016
Organisations: Optoelectronics Research Centre

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Local EPrints ID: 398034
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/398034
PURE UUID: 4be0730c-f6d0-4da9-bf2d-31d0d2e42f79
ORCID for Xu Fang: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-1735-2654
ORCID for Kevin F. MacDonald: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-3877-2976
ORCID for Eric Plum: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-1552-1840
ORCID for Nikolay I. Zheludev: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-1013-6636

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Date deposited: 15 Jul 2016 08:04
Last modified: 17 Dec 2019 02:01

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Author: Xu Fang ORCID iD
Author: Eric Plum ORCID iD

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