Polarization-controlled coherent phonon generation in acoustoplasmonic metasurfaces

Norberto D. Lanzillotti-Kimura, Kevin P. O'brien, Junsuk Rho, Haim Suchowski, Xiaobo Yin, Xiang Zhang

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Acoustic vibrations at the nanoscale (GHz-THz frequencies) and their interactions with electrons, photons, and other excitations are the heart of an emerging field in physics: nanophononics. The design of ultrahigh frequency acoustic-phonon transducers, with tunable frequency, and easy to integrate in complex systems is still an open and challenging problem for the development of acoustic nanoscopies and phonon lasers. Here we show how an optimized plasmonic metasurface can act as a high-frequency phonon transducer. We report pump-probe experiments in metasurfaces composed of an array of gold nanostructures, revealing that such arrays can act as efficient and tunable photon-phonon transducers, with a strong spectral dependence on the excitation rate and laser polarization. We anticipate our work to be the starting point for the engineering of phononic metasurfaces based on plasmonic nanostructures.

Original languageEnglish
Article number235403
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number23
StatePublished - 4 Jun 2018
Externally publishedYes


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