Tailoring optical nonlinearities via the Purcell effect

Peter Bermel, Alejandro Rodriguez, John D. Joannopoulos, Marin Soljačić

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Abstract

We predict that the effective nonlinear optical susceptibility can be tailored using the Purcell effect. While this is a general physical principle that applies to a wide variety of nonlinearities, we specifically investigate the Kerr nonlinearity. We show theoretically that using the Purcell effect for frequencies close to an atomic resonance can substantially influence the resultant Kerr nonlinearity for light of all (even highly detuned) frequencies. For example, in realistic physical systems, enhancement of the Kerr coefficient by one to two orders of magnitude could be achieved.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number053601
JournalPhysical review letters
Volume99
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 3 2007
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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