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See detailField-resolved detection of the temporal response of a single plasmonic antenna in the mid infrared
Fischer, Marco P.; Maccaferri, Nicolò UL; Gallacher, Kevin et al

in Optica (2021), 8(6), 898-903

Unveiling the spatial and temporal dynamics of a light pulse interacting with nanosized objects is of extreme importance to widen our understanding of how photons interact with matter at the nanoscale and ... [more ▼]

Unveiling the spatial and temporal dynamics of a light pulse interacting with nanosized objects is of extreme importance to widen our understanding of how photons interact with matter at the nanoscale and trigger physical and photochemical phenomena. An ideal platform to study light–matter interactions with an unprecedented spatial resolution is represented by plasmonics, which enables an extreme confinement of optical energy into sub-wavelength volumes. The ability to resolve and control the dynamics of this energy confinement on the time scale of a single optical cycle is at the ultimate frontier towards a full control of nanoscale phenomena. Here, we resolve in the time domain the linear behavior of a single germanium plasmonic antenna in the mid-infrared by measuring the complex optical field response in amplitude and phase with sub-optical-cycle precision, with the promise to extend the observation of light–matter interactions in the time domain to single quantum objects. Accessing this fundamental information opens a plethora of opportunities in a variety of research areas based on plasmon-mediated photonic processes and their coherent control, such as plasmon-enhanced chemical reactions and energy harvesting. [less ▲]

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See detailActive control of ultrafast electron dynamics in plasmonic gaps using an applied bias
Ludwig, Markus; K. Kazansky, Andrey; Aguirregabiria, Garikoitz et al

in Physical Review. B, Condensed Matter (2020)

In this joint experimental and theoretical study we demonstrate coherent control of the optical field emission and electron transport in plasmonic gaps subjected to intense single-cycle laser pulses. Our ... [more ▼]

In this joint experimental and theoretical study we demonstrate coherent control of the optical field emission and electron transport in plasmonic gaps subjected to intense single-cycle laser pulses. Our results show that an external THz field or a minor dc bias, orders of magnitude smaller than the optical bias owing to the laser field, allows one to modulate and direct the electron photocurrents in the gap of a connected nanoantenna operating as an ultrafast nanoscale vacuum diode for lightwave electronics. Using time-dependent density functional theory calculations we elucidate the main physical mechanisms behind the observed effects and show that an applied dc field significantly modifies the optical field emission and quiver motion of photoemitted electrons within the gap. The quantum many-body theory reproduces the measured net electron transport in the experimental device, which allows us to establish a paradigm for controlling nanocircuits at petahertz frequencies [less ▲]

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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 detailField-resolved response of plasmonic antennas
Fischer, Marco P.; Maccaferri, Nicolò UL; Gallacher et al

in Proceedings 2019 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe and European Quantum Electronics Conference (2019)

We introduce a new experimental strategy to investigate the transient resonant behavior of plasmonic nanostructures. Our approach allows to access their full-time field-resolved response in amplitude and ... [more ▼]

We introduce a new experimental strategy to investigate the transient resonant behavior of plasmonic nanostructures. Our approach allows to access their full-time field-resolved response in amplitude and phase. [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 detailPlasmonic mid-infrared third harmonic generation in germanium nanoantennas
Fischer, Marco P.; Riede, Aaron; Gallacher, Kevin et al

in Light: Science and Applications (2018)

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