Issue 3 (2015)

A compact plasmonic MOS-based 2×2 electro-optic switch

A compact plasmonic MOS-based 2×2 electro-optic switch

We report on a three-waveguide electro-optic switch for compact photonic integrated circuits and data routing applications. The device features a plasmonic metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS) mode for enhanced light-matter-interactions. The switching …

Colloidal Plasmonic Titanium Nitride Nanoparticles: Properties and Applications

Colloidal Plasmonic Titanium Nitride Nanoparticles: Properties and Applications

Optical properties of colloidal plasmonic titanium nitride nanoparticles are examined with an eye on their photothermal and photocatalytic applications via transmission electron microscopy and optical transmittance measurements. Single crystal …

Template-Guided Self-Assembly of Discrete Optoplasmonic Molecules and Extended Optoplasmonic Arrays

Template-Guided Self-Assembly of Discrete Optoplasmonic Molecules and Extended Optoplasmonic Arrays

The integration of metallic and dielectric building blocks into optoplasmonic structures creates new electromagnetic systems in which plasmonic and photonic modes can interact in the near-, intermediate- and farfield. The morphology-dependent …

Propagation and survival of frequency-bin entangled photons in metallic nanostructures

Propagation and survival of frequency-bin entangled photons in metallic nanostructures

We report on the design of two plasmonic nanostructures and the propagation of frequency-bin entangled photons through them. The experimental findings clearly show the robustness of frequency-bin entanglement, which survives after interactions with …

Optical separation and controllable delivery of cells from particle and cell mixture

Optical separation and controllable delivery of cells from particle and cell mixture

Cell separation and delivery have recently gained significant attention in biological and biochemical studies. In thiswork, an optical method for separation and controllable delivery of cells by using an abruptly tapered fiber probe is reported. By …

Limitations of Extreme Nonlinear Ultrafast Nanophotonics

Limitations of Extreme Nonlinear Ultrafast Nanophotonics

High-harmonic generation (HHG) has been established as an indispensable tool in optical spectroscopy. This effect arises for instance upon illumination of a noble gas with sub-picosecond laser pulses at focussed intensities significantly greater …

State-of-the-art photodetectors for optoelectronic integration at telecommunication wavelength

State-of-the-art photodetectors for optoelectronic integration at telecommunication wavelength

Photodetectors hold a critical position in optoelectronic integrated circuits, and they convert light into electricity. Over the past decades, high-performance photodetectors (PDs) have been aggressively pursued to enable high-speed, …

Ultrafast carrier dynamics in Landau-quantized graphene

Ultrafast carrier dynamics in Landau-quantized graphene

In an external magnetic field, the energy of massless charge carriers in graphene is quantized into non-equidistant degenerate Landau levels including a zero-energy level. This extraordinary electronic dispersion gives rise to a fundamentally new …

Coupling between plasmonic films and nanostructures: from basics to applications

Coupling between plasmonic films and nanostructures: from basics to applications

Plasmonic film-nanoparticles coupled systems have had a renewed interest for the past 5 years both for the richness of the provided plasmonic modes and for their high technological potential. Many groups started to investigate the optical properties …

Ultrafast-laser-inscribed 3D integrated photonics: challenges and emerging applications

Ultrafast-laser-inscribed 3D integrated photonics: challenges and emerging applications

Since the discovery that tightly focused femtosecond laser pulses can induce a highly localised and permanent refractive index modification in a large number of transparent dielectrics, the technique of ultrafast laser inscription has received great …