Ultrafast nonlinearities of minibands in metallodielectric Bragg resonators

Petros Farah, Nicholas Gibbons, Fu Min Huang, Jeremy J. Baumberg, Fumin Huang

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The nonlinear properties of metallodielectric DBRs are investigated via optical pump-probe techniques using a widely tunable, dual-colour, high-repetition rate, ultrafast setup. As a consequence of the Bragg-arranged multilayers, the electric field penetrates to different depths of the nanostructure at different excitation resonances, strongly enhancing the intrinsic nonlinear response of the metal in comparison with bulk films. The analyzed spectral response of these structures reveals how their nonlinear behavior is dominated by the pump-induced modification of the metal dielectric function. Fitting the simulated changes of the optical resonances using transfer-matrix methods matches experiment well, and shows the key effects of the spectral dependence of the spatial mode profiles.

Original languageEnglish
Article number125442
Pages (from-to)-
Number of pages7
JournalPhysical Review B (Condensed Matter)
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 28 Sep 2011

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