ECE Seminar: Experimental and Theoretical Studies of Second and Third Harmonic Generation from an Indium Tin Oxide Nanolayer: Influence of Nonlocal Effects and Hot Electrons

Oct 8

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm


Michael Scalora, Research Physicist

We report comparative experimental and theoretical studies of second and third harmonic generation from a 20nm-thick indium tin oxide nanolayer in proximity of the epsilon-near-zero condition. Using a tunable OPA laser we record both spectral and angular dependence of the generated harmonic signals close to this particular point. In addition to the enhancement of the second harmonic efficiency close to the epsilon-near-zero wavelength, at oblique incidence third harmonic generation displays unusual behavior, predicted but not observed before. We implement a comprehensive, first-principles hydrodynamic approach, that is able to simulate our experimental conditions. The model is unique, flexible, and able to capture all major physical mechanisms that drive the electrodynamic behavior of conductive oxide layers: nonlocal effects, which blueshift the epsilon-near-zero resonance by tens of nanometers; plasma frequency redshift due to variations of the effective mass of hot carriers; charge density distribution inside the layer, which determines nonlinear surface and magnetic interactions; AND the nonlinearity of the background medium triggered by bound electrons. We show that by taking these contributions into account our theoretical predictions are in very good qualitative and quantitative agreement with our experimental results.