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Title: Tunable circular dichroism through absorption in coupled optical modes of twisted triskelia nanostructures
Author: Rodriguez Alvarez, Javier
García-Martín, Antonio
Fraile Rodríguez, Arantxa
Batlle Gelabert, Xavier
Labarta, Amílcar
Keywords: Nanoestructures
Dicroisme circular
Circular dichroism
Issue Date: 2022
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
Abstract: We present a system consisting of two stacked chiral plasmonic nanoelements, so-called triskelia, that exhibits a high degree of circular dichroism. The optical modes arising from the interactions between the two elements are the main responsible for the dichroic signal. Their excitation in the absorption cross section is favored when the circular polarization of the light is opposite to the helicity of the system, so that an intense near-feld distribution with 3D character is excited between the two triskelia, which in turn causes the dichroic response. Therefore, the stacking, in itself, provides a simple way to tune both the value of the circular dichroism, up to 60%, and its spectral distribution in the visible and near infrared range. We show how these interaction-driven modes can be controlled by fnely tuning the distance and the relative twist angle between the triskelia, yielding maximum values of the dichroism at 20° and 100° for left- and right-handed circularly polarized light, respectively. Despite the three-fold symmetry of the elements, these two situations are not completely equivalent since the interplay between the handedness of the stack and the chirality of each single element breaks the symmetry between clockwise and anticlockwise rotation angles around 0°. This reveals the occurrence of clear helicity-dependent resonances. The proposed structure can be thus fnely tuned to tailor the dichroic signal for applications at will, such as highly efcient helicity-sensitive surface spectroscopies or single-photon polarization detectors, among others.
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It is part of: Scientific Reports, 2022, vol. 12, p. 26
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ISSN: 2045-2322
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