Optical bistability of planar metal/dielectric nonlinear nanostructures

R. E. Noskov*, A. A. Zharov

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We study theoretically a nonlinear response of the planar metal/dielectric nanostructures constituted from periodical array of ultra thin silver layers and the layers of Kerr-like nonlinear dielectric. We predict hysteresis-type dependences of the components of the tensor of effective dielectric permittivity on the field intensity allowing the change in material transmission properties from transparent to opaque and back at extremely low intensities of the light. It makes possible to control the light by light in all-optical nanoscale devices and circuits.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)217-223
Number of pages7
JournalOpto-electronics Review
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Nonlinear metal/dielectric nanostructures
  • Optical bistability
  • Quasi-static resonance
  • Tensor of effective dielectric permittivity


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