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Enabling Multifunctional Plasmonics on Hybrid Artificial Scale-Integrated Systems

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Project "EMPHASIS" data sheet

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Organization address
address: CALLE SERRANO 117
city: MADRID
postcode: 28006

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 Coordinator Country Spain [ES]
 Total cost 158˙121 €
 EC max contribution 158˙121 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2016
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2018
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2018-09-01   to  2020-08-31


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 Project objective

Optical isolator, or optical diode, is a device, which allows the transmission of light in only one direction. They are used in fibre optic communication to prevent back reflections and improve signal-to-noise ratio. The development of on-chip optical communications requires downscaling of optical components, e.g replacing optical fibres with nanoscale waveguides. The miniaturization of optical isolators is therefore a key step towards integrated photonic circuits. We approach this challenge by taking advantage of surface plasmon resonances that can squeeze light down to nanoscale dimensions. We combine plasmonic waveguides with ferroelectric and -magnetic materials that, in turn, break the space-inversion and time reversal symmetries to create non-reciprocal conditions for light propagation. The ferroelectric and magnetic materials provide us with an additional interesting advantage: their optical properties can be adjusted by applying external electric and magnetic fields, enabling active control over light in nanoscale. The proposed research project brings together the candidate’s expertise in plasmonics and the hosting group’s established knowledge in oxide thin films. This creates excellent conditions for training through research and knowledge transfer. We envision two significant outcomes: (i) demonstration of a proof-of-concept plasmonic isolator based on symmetry considerations and (ii) assessing the viability of using active oxide materials as tools to control plasmon propagation with external fields. The H2020 Innovation Union initiative strives to drive economic growth in the EU by innovation. In line with this strategy, we recognize that EMPHASIS offers ample potential for technological applications and include strategies to ensure that the potential can be realized.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 R. Cichelero, M.A. Oskuei, M. Kataja, S.M. Hamidi, G. Herranz
Unexpected large transverse magneto-optic Kerr effect at quasi-normal incidence in magnetoplasmonic crystals
published pages: 54-58, ISSN: 0304-8853, DOI: 10.1016/j.jmmm.2018.12.036
Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials 476 2019-06-06
2018 Rafael Cichelero, Mikko Kataja, Mariano Campoy-Quiles, Gervasi Herranz
Non-reciprocal diffraction in magnetoplasmonic gratings
published pages: 34842, ISSN: 1094-4087, DOI: 10.1364/oe.26.034842
Optics Express 26/26 2019-06-06

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