Applied Physics B

, Volume 82, Issue 4, pp 543–547

Optical switching in metallic photonic crystal slabs with photoaddressable polymers

Authors

  • D. Nau
    • Institute of Applied PhysicsUniversity of Bonn
  • R.P. Bertram
    • Institute of PhysicsUniversity of Bonn
  • K. Buse
    • Institute of PhysicsUniversity of Bonn
  • T. Zentgraf
    • Max-Planck-Institute for Solid State Research
  • J. Kuhl
    • Max-Planck-Institute for Solid State Research
  • S.G. Tikhodeev
    • A.M. Prokhorov General Physics Institute RAS
  • N.A. Gippius
    • A.M. Prokhorov General Physics Institute RAS
    • Institute of Applied PhysicsUniversity of Bonn
    • 4th Physics InstituteUniversity of Stuttgart
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s00340-005-2103-z

Cite this article as:
Nau, D., Bertram, R., Buse, K. et al. Appl. Phys. B (2006) 82: 543. doi:10.1007/s00340-005-2103-z

Abstract

We report on a metal-polymer compound material with optical properties that can be reversibly switched all-optically. The key element is a metallic photonic crystal slab with an additional layer of photoaddressable material that provides a large variable birefringence and sharp resonances. Pump-probe experiments show a shift of the photonic crystal resonances that depends on the pump polarization and on the exposure. Comparison of the results with calculations from a scattering-matrix theory allows one to determine the refractive index changes for different polarization geometries and to model our compound material quantitatively.

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