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Optical switching in metallic photonic crystal slabs with photoaddressable polymers


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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Nau, D., Bertram, R., Buse, K. et al. Optical switching in metallic photonic crystal slabs with photoaddressable polymers. Appl. Phys. B 82, 543–547 (2006).

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