Contribution of the magnetic resonance to the third harmonic generation from a fishnet metamaterial

J. Reinhold, M. R. Shcherbakov, A. Chipouline, V. I. Panov, C. Helgert, T. Paul, C. Rockstuhl, F. Lederer, E. B. Kley, A. Tünnermann, A. A. Fedyanin, T. Pertsch

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We investigate experimentally and theoretically the third harmonic generated by a double-layer fishnet metamaterial. To unambiguously disclose most notably the influence of the magnetic resonance, the generated third harmonic was measured as a function of the angle of incidence. It is shown experimentally and numerically that when the magnetic resonance is excited by a pump beam, the angular dependence of the third harmonic signal has a local maximum at an incidence angle of θ 20 a. This maximum is shown to be a fingerprint of the antisymmetric distribution of currents in the gold layers. An analytical model based on the nonlinear dynamics of the electrons inside the gold shows excellent agreement with experimental and numerical results. This clearly indicates the difference in the third harmonic angular pattern at electric and magnetic resonances of the metamaterial.

Original languageEnglish
Article number115401
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 4 Sep 2012
Externally publishedYes


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