January 21, 2019

Non-reciprocal diffraction in magnetoplasmonic gratings

R. Cichelero, M. Kataja, M. Campoy-Quiles, and G. Herranz.

Optics Express, 26, Issue 26, 34842 – 34852 (2018)



Phase-matching conditions—used to bridge the wave vector mismatch between light and surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs)—have been exploited recently to enable nonreciprocal optical propagation and enhanced magneto-optic responses in magnetoplasmonic systems. Here we show that using diffraction in conjunction with plasmon excitations leads to a photonic system with a more versatile and flexible response. As a testbed, we analyzed diffracted magneto-optical effects in magnetoplasmonic gratings, where broken time-reversal symmetry induces frequency shifts in the energy and angular spectra of plasmon resonance. These result in exceptionally large responses in the diffracted magneto-optical effect. The concepts presented here can be used to develop non-reciprocal optical devices that exploit diffraction, in order to achieve tailored electromagnetic responses.

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