Highly-nonlinear quantum-engineered polaritonic metasurfaces

Jongwon Lee, Nishant Nookala, Juan Sebastian Gomez Diaz, Mykhailo Tymchenko, Frederic Demmerle, Gerhard Boehm, Markus Christian Amann, Andrea Alù, Mikhail A. Belkin

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


Intersubband transitions in n-doped semiconductor heterostructures allow one to quantum-engineer one of the largest known nonlinear response in condensed matter systems but only for the electric field polarized normal to semiconductor layer. By coupling of a quantum-engineered multi-quantum-well semiconductor layer with electromagnetically-engineered plasmonic elements we may produce ultrathin metasurfaces with giant nonlinear response. Here we experimentally demonstrate metasurfaces designed for second harmonic generation at λ∼9.9 μm with a record-high nonlinear response for condensed-matter systems in infrared/visible spectral range, up to 1.17×106 pm/V. The practical impact of the nonlinear metasurfaces proposed here may be extended to a variety of fields, including THz generation and detection, phase conjugation, and other nonlinear optical processes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationActive Photonic Materials VII
EditorsStavroula Foteinopoulou, Ganapathi S. Subramania
ISBN (Electronic)9781628417128
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015
Externally publishedYes
EventActive Photonic Materials VII Conference - San Diego, United States
Duration: Aug 9 2015Aug 13 2015


OtherActive Photonic Materials VII Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego


  • Intersubband transitions
  • Metamaterials
  • Plasmonics
  • Second harmonic generation
  • Semiconductor nonlinear optics including MQW

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


Dive into the research topics of 'Highly-nonlinear quantum-engineered polaritonic metasurfaces'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this