Abstract

Plasmonic systems involve interfaces containing metal and dielectric materials. In an effort to investigate the scaling of the nonlinear response of the surface plasmon polariton at a metal/dielectric interface, where the metal and dielectric present optical nonlinearity, we introduce a figure-of-merit that quantifies the contribution of the metal and the dielectric to the nonlinear response in this specific situation. In the case of self-action of the surface plasmon polariton for the gold/dielectric interface, we predict that the dielectric nonlinear response is dominant for strongly nonlinear dielectrics such as polydiacetylenes, chalcogenide glasses, or even semiconductors. The gold nonlinear response is dominant only in cases involving weakly nonlinear dielectrics such as silicon dioxide or aluminum oxide. We verify the relevance of the metric by investigating the process of optical switching via the third-order nonlinear response and discuss which gold/dielectric combinations have better switching behaviors.

© 2014 Optical Society of America

Full Article  |  PDF Article
OSA Recommended Articles
Propagation of terahertz surface plasmon polaritons around a convex metal–dielectric interface

B. A. Knyazev, V. V. Gerasimov, A. K. Nikitin, I. A. Azarov, and Yu. Yu. Choporova
J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 36(6) 1684-1689 (2019)

Spatial modulation instability of coupled surface plasmon polaritons in a dielectric–metal–dielectric structure

Monisha Kumar, K. Porsezian, P. Tchofo-Dinda, Ph. Grelu, T. Mithun, and T. Uthayakumar
J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 34(1) 198-206 (2017)

Photo-thermal modulation of surface plasmon polariton propagation at telecommunication wavelengths

S. Kaya, J.-C. Weeber, F. Zacharatos, K. Hassan, T. Bernardin, B. Cluzel, J. Fatome, and C. Finot
Opt. Express 21(19) 22269-22284 (2013)

References

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Citation lists with outbound citation links are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Cited By

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Cited by links are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Figures (4)

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Figure files are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Tables (1)

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Article tables are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Equations (14)

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Equations are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Metrics

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Article level metrics are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription