Tunable optical antennas enabled by the phase transition in vanadium dioxide.

Abstract

Optical antennas, subwavelength metallic structures resonating at visible frequencies, are a relatively new branch of antenna technology being applied in science, technology and medicine. Dynamically tuning the resonances of these antennas would increase their range of application and offer potential increases in plasmonic device efficiencies. Silver nanoantenna arrays were fabricated on a thin film of the phase change material vanadium dioxide (VO(2)) and the resonant wavelength of these arrays was modulated by increasing the temperature of the substrate above the critical temperature (approximately 68 °C). Depending on the array, wavelength modulation of up to 110 nm was observed.

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@article{Earl2013TunableOA, title={Tunable optical antennas enabled by the phase transition in vanadium dioxide.}, author={Stuart K. Earl and Timothy D. James and Timothy J Davis and Jeffrey C. McCallum and Robert E. Marvel and Richard F. Haglund and Ann Roberts}, journal={Optics express}, year={2013}, volume={21 22}, pages={27503-8} }