Abstract

We propose a tunable all-optical plasmonic rectifier based on the nonlinear Fano resonance in a metal–insulator–metal plasmonic waveguide and cavities coupling system. We develop a theoretical model based on the temporal coupled-mode theory to study the device physics of the nanoscale rectifier. We further demonstrate via the finite difference time domain numerical experiment that our idea can be realized in a plasmonic system with an ultracompact size of 120×800nm2. The tunable plasmonic rectifier could facilitate the all-optical signal processing in nanoscale.

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