4 January 2008 Study of metamaterial-based nonlinear optics
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Metamaterials (MMs) are artificial structures that display properties beyond those available in naturally occurring materials. The most notable MM is the negative-index material with simultaneously negative electric and magnetic responses. Recently, MMs exhibiting negative electric and magnetic properties in the infrared and optical frequencies have been realized, which will affect substantially the conventional optics and their applications in devices of compact cavities, adaptive lenses, tunable mirrors, isolators, converters, and so on. Moreover, MMs with nonlinear electric and/or magnetic response have also been demonstrated. This will further stimulate intense investigation in MM-based nonlinear optics due to the richness and the potential applications of the nonlinear property of MMs. In this paper, we report on our recent progress on investigation of some typical third-order nonlinear optical phenomena in MMs, such as modulation instability, soliton propagation, self-focusing, and so on. The controllability and the novel properties of the nonlinear phenomena in MMs are demonstrated.
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Wenhua Su, Yuanjiang Xiang, Shuangchun Wen, "Study of metamaterial-based nonlinear optics", Proc. SPIE 6839, Nonlinear Optics: Technologies and Applications, 683906 (4 January 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.756146; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.756146
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