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Title: Optical devices having controlled nonlinearity

Abstract

An optical device is provided having a solid state nonlinear material with a nanostructured extent, in at least one dimension, that is less than about 10 nm or that is at a temperature of less than about 77 K. An electronic band gap, EGap, of the material is at least about twice as large as an energy of a photon with a wavelength, λ, equal to an operational wavelength of the device. The material is characterized by a switching figure of merit, ξ, having a value that is at least about 2π. A dielectric structure is around at least one dimension of the nonlinear material in a geometric arrangement having a characteristic photonic band gap that at least partially overlaps the electronic band gap of the material. At least one waveguide is disposed at the dielectric structure in sufficient proximity with the material for coupling light to the material.

Inventors:
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Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Massachusetts Inst. of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1531845
Patent Number(s):
8369670
Application Number:
12/596,709
Assignee:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)
Patent Classifications (CPCs):
G - PHYSICS G02 - OPTICS G02F - DEVICES OR ARRANGEMENTS, THE OPTICAL OPERATION OF WHICH IS MODIFIED BY CHANGING THE OPTICAL PROPERTIES OF THE MEDIUM OF THE DEVICES OR ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE CONTROL OF THE INTENSITY, COLOUR, PHASE, POLARISATION OR DIRECTION OF LIGHT, e.g. SWITCHING, GATING, MODULATING OR DEMODULATING
B - PERFORMING OPERATIONS B82 - NANOTECHNOLOGY B82Y - SPECIFIC USES OR APPLICATIONS OF NANOSTRUCTURES
DOE Contract Number:  
DMR02-13282; FG02-97ER25308
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 2008-05-01
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English

Citation Formats

Bermel, Peter, Rodriguez, Alejandro, Soljacic, Marin, and Joannopoulos, John. Optical devices having controlled nonlinearity. United States: N. p., 2013. Web.
Bermel, Peter, Rodriguez, Alejandro, Soljacic, Marin, & Joannopoulos, John. Optical devices having controlled nonlinearity. United States.
Bermel, Peter, Rodriguez, Alejandro, Soljacic, Marin, and Joannopoulos, John. Tue . "Optical devices having controlled nonlinearity". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1531845.
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