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Title: Control of light via individual resonant nanoparticle devices
Author: Traviss, Daniel James
ISNI:       0000 0004 6061 8005
Awarding Body: University of Southampton
Current Institution: University of Southampton
Date of Award: 2016
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This thesis investigates the control of light via isolated nanoparticles of gold or III-V semiconductor gallium phosphide. Nanoscale control of light has a range applications in on-chip devices and optoelectric interfacing, where large arrays of nanoparticles are not always practical. Simulations, performed using the Boundary Element Method, show semiconductor nanorods to function as two-dimensional cavities, bridging the gap between more commonly used analytical models for a sphere and an infinite cylinder. Dimer structures, made of two nanorods placed end-to-end, are shown to enhance the electric ?eld in the center of the gap, comparable to gold structures of similar design. Experiments, however, show these effects to be elusive. Further simulation using the Finite Element Method indicates that these structures also demonstrate highly directional reradiation of the incident field. Gold nanoantennas were investigated for their interaction with a phase change material and light carried within a wavguide with the aim of producing an all-optical modulation device. A film of phase change material is shown to be able to rapidly and reversibly modulate the response of a gold nanoantenna. An antenna on top of a rib waveguide is shown to aid in the modulation of a carrier pulse by use of a second pump pulse.
Supervisor: Muskens, Otto Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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