Light transmission asymmetry and optical diode

  • Pavel N. MelentievEmail author
  • Anton E. Afanasiev
  • Alexey S. Kalmykov
  • Victor I. Balykin
Regular Article
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  1. Topical Issue: Dynamics of Systems at the Nanoscale


We have suggested and realized a giant asymmetry of the transmission of light propagating through a linear nonmagnetic optical system that consists of a nanohole in metal film deposited on the surface of a one-dimensional photonic crystal. The asymmetry of the light transmission is caused by two factors: (i) practical impossibility to reverse the wavefront of light passing through a nanohole whose diameter is much smaller than the wavelength of light; and (ii) increase of photonic crystal transmission at photonic bandgap wavelengths due to strong modification of k-vector of incident light caused by diffraction on a nanohole (optical “clearance” of the photonic crystal). We show that in such optical element it is possible to realize optical diode whose reverse transmission can be suppressed by a factor of more than 30 000.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pavel N. Melentiev
    • 1
    Email author
  • Anton E. Afanasiev
    • 1
  • Alexey S. Kalmykov
    • 1
    • 2
  • Victor I. Balykin
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Spectroscopy Russian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia
  2. 2.Moscow Institute of Physics and TechnologyDolgoprudnyRussia

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