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See detailSub-femtosecond electron transport in a nanoscale gap
Ludwig, Markus UL; Aguirregabiria, Garikoitz; Ritzkowsky, Felix et al

in Nature Physics (2019)

The strong fields associated with few-cycle pulses can drive highly nonlinear phenomena, allowing the direct control of electrons in condensed matter systems. In this context, by employing near-infrared ... [more ▼]

The strong fields associated with few-cycle pulses can drive highly nonlinear phenomena, allowing the direct control of electrons in condensed matter systems. In this context, by employing near-infrared single-cycle pulse pairs, we measure interferometric autocorrelations of the ultrafast currents induced by optical field emission at the nanogap of a single plasmonic nanocircuit. The dynamics of this ultrafast electron nanotransport depends on the precise temporal field profile of the optical driving pulse. Current autocorrelations are acquired with sub-femtosecond temporal resolution as a function of both pulse delay and absolute carrier-envelope phase. Quantitative modelling of the experiments enables us to monitor the spatiotemporal evolution of the electron density and currents induced in the system and to elucidate the physics underlying the electron transfer driven by strong optical fields in plasmonic gaps. Specifically, we clarify the interplay between the carrier-envelope phase of the driving pulse, plasmonic resonance and quiver motion. [less ▲]

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See detailDynamics of electron-emission currents in plasmonic gaps induced by strong fields
Aguirregabiria, Garikoitz; Marinica, Dana-Codruta; Ludwig, Markus et al

in FARADAY DISCUSSIONS (2019), 214

The dynamics of ultrafast electron currents triggered by femtosecond laser pulse irradiation of narrow gaps in a plasmonic dimer is studied using quantum mechanical Time-Dependent Density Functional ... [more ▼]

The dynamics of ultrafast electron currents triggered by femtosecond laser pulse irradiation of narrow gaps in a plasmonic dimer is studied using quantum mechanical Time-Dependent Density Functional Theory (TDDFT). The electrons are injected into the gap due to the optical field emission from the surfaces of the metal nanoparticles across the junction. Further evolution of the electron currents in the gap is governed by the locally enhanced electric fields. The combination of TDDFT and classical modelling of the electron trajectories allows us to study the quiver motion of the electrons in the gap region as a function of the Carrier Envelope Phase (CEP) of the incident pulse. In particular, we demonstrate the role of the quiver motion in establishing the CEP-sensitive net electric transport between nanoparticles. [less ▲]

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See detailMagnetoplasmonic crystals based on anisotropic nanoantennas
Bergamini, Luca; Maccaferri, Nicolo UL; Pancaldi, Matteo et al

in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (2016)

By synergically combining experiments and simulations, we show how the excitation of lattice surface modes in ordered arrays of magnetic and optically-anisotropic nanoantennas leads to a highly enhanced ... [more ▼]

By synergically combining experiments and simulations, we show how the excitation of lattice surface modes in ordered arrays of magnetic and optically-anisotropic nanoantennas leads to a highly enhanced and tunable Fano-like modulation of the magneto-plasmonic response. [less ▲]

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See detailAnisotropic Nanoantenna-Based Magnetoplasmonic Crystals for Highly Enhanced and Tunable Magneto-Optical Activity
Maccaferri, Nicolò UL; Bergamini, Luca; Pancaldi, Matteo et al

in Nano Letters (2016), 16(4), 2533-2542

We present a novel concept of a magnetically tunable plasmonic crystal based on the excitation of Fano lattice surface modes in periodic arrays of magnetic and optically anisotropic nanoantennas. We show ... [more ▼]

We present a novel concept of a magnetically tunable plasmonic crystal based on the excitation of Fano lattice surface modes in periodic arrays of magnetic and optically anisotropic nanoantennas. We show how coherent diffractive far-field coupling between elliptical nickel nanoantennas is governed by the two in-plane, orthogonal and spectrally detuned plasmonic responses of the individual building block, one directly induced by the incident radiation and the other induced by the application of an external magnetic field. The consequent excitation of magnetic field-induced Fano lattice surface modes leads to highly tunable and amplified magneto-optical effects as compared to a continuous film or metasurfaces made of disordered noninteracting magnetoplasmonic anisotropic nanoantennas. The concepts presented here can be exploited to design novel magnetoplasmonic sensors based on coupled localized plasmonic resonances, and nanoscale metamaterials for precise control and magnetically driven tunability of light polarization states. [less ▲]

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