A design for a subwavelength all-optical frequency mixer is proposed. The method relies on enhanced difference-frequency generation, which is achieved in two steps with the help of plasmonic nanoantennas. The interaction of the two input signals with the nonlinear material is increased through the use of input nanoantennas, which focus the incident energy of two different frequencies onto the nanoparticle formed by a nonlinear material. Next, the difference-frequency emission is enhanced through the Purcell effect by the use of a separate output nanoantenna that is resonant at the difference frequency. The application of this twofold approach allows for a significant enhancement in the difference-frequency generation efficiency. Simulation results are presented highlighting the features of the method. This multi-element nanostructure is indeed an optical mixer circuit element in the metatronic paradigm.
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Date Posted: 28 February 2013
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