|Author||Firby, C. J. ♦ Elezzabi, A. Y.|
|Source||United States Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information|
|Subject Keyword||CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS ♦ BISMUTH ♦ DESIGN ♦ DIELECTRIC MATERIALS ♦ EXCITATION ♦ FERRITE GARNETS ♦ HARMONICS ♦ MACH-ZEHNDER INTERFEROMETER ♦ MAGNETIC FIELDS ♦ MAGNETIZATION ♦ MODULATION ♦ NONLINEAR PROBLEMS ♦ OPTICS ♦ PHASE SHIFT ♦ RADIOWAVE RADIATION ♦ SIGNALS ♦ TRANSMISSION ♦ WAVEGUIDES|
|Abstract||We present the design of a magnetoplasmonic Mach-Zehnder interferometer (MZI) modulator facilitating radio-frequency (RF) mixing and nonlinear frequency generation. This is achieved by forming the MZI arms from long-range dielectric-loaded plasmonic waveguides containing bismuth-substituted yttrium iron garnet (Bi:YIG). The magnetization of the Bi:YIG can be driven in the nonlinear regime by RF magnetic fields produced around adjacent transmission lines. Correspondingly, the nonlinear temporal dynamics of the transverse magnetization component are mapped onto the nonreciprocal phase shift in the MZI arms, and onto the output optical intensity signal. We show that this tunable mechanism can generate harmonics, frequency splitting, and frequency down-conversion with a single RF excitation, as well as RF mixing when driven by two RF signals. This magnetoplasmonic component can reduce the number of electrical sources required to generate distinct optical modulation frequencies and is anticipated to satisfy important applications in integrated optics.|
|Learning Resource Type||Article|
|Publisher Place||United States|
|Journal||Applied Physics Letters|
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