, Volume 6, Issue 4, pp 753-759
Date: 09 Aug 2011

All-Optical Plasmonic Switches Based on Coupled Nano-disk Cavity Structures Containing Nonlinear Material

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All-optical plasmonic switches based on a novel coupled nano-disk cavity configuration containing nonlinear material are proposed and numerically investigated. The finite difference time domain simulation results reveal that the single-disk plasmonic structure can operate as an “on–off” switch with the presence/absence of pumping light. We also demonstrate that the proposed T-shaped plasmonic structure with two disk cavities can switch signal light from one port to another under an optical pumping light, functioning as a bidirectional switch. The proposed nano-disk cavity plasmonic switches have many advantages such as compact size, requirement of low pumping light intensity, and ultra-fast switching time at a femto-second scale, which are promising for future integrated plasmonic devices for applications such as communications, signal processing, and sensing.