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Efficient forward second-harmonic generation from planar archimedean nanospirals

Roderick B. Davidson II1 / Jed I. Ziegler1 / Guillermo Vargas12 / Sergey M. Avanesyan1 / Yu Gong3 / Wayne Hess3 / Richard F. Haglund Jr.1

1Department of Physics and Astronomy, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, USA

2Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

3Physical Sciences Division, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA, USA

© 2015 Roderick B. Davidson II et al.. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 3.0 License. (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)

Citation Information: Nanophotonics. Volume 4, Issue 1, ISSN (Online) 2192-8614, DOI: 10.1515/nanoph-2015-0002, May 2015

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The enhanced electric field at plasmonic resonances in nanoscale antennas can lead to efficient harmonic generation, especially when the plasmonic geometry is asymmetric on either inter-particle or intra-particle levels. The planar Archimedean nanospiral offers a unique geometrical asymmetry for second-harmonic generation (SHG) because the SHG results neither from arranging centrosymmetric nanoparticles in asymmetric groupings, nor from non-centrosymmetric nanoparticles that retain a local axis of symmetry. Here, we report forward SHG from planar arrays of Archimedean nanospirals using 15 fs pulses from a Ti:sapphire oscillator tuned to 800 nm wavelength. The measured harmonic-generation efficiencies are 2.6·10−9, 8·10−9 and 1.3·10−8 for left-handed circular, linear, and right-handed circular polarizations, respectively. The uncoated nanospirals are stable under average power loading of as much as 300 μWper nanoparticle. The nanospirals also exhibit selective conversion between polarization states. These experiments show that the intrinsic asymmetry of the nanospirals results in a highly efficient, two-dimensional harmonic generator that can be incorporated into metasurface optics.

Keywords: nonlinear plasmonics; asymmetric nanoparticles; polarization conversion; metasurfaces; near-field enhancement; Archimedean nanospirals


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