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Acoustic Coupling between Plasmonic Nanoantennas: Detection and Directionality of Surface Acoustic Waves

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posted on 17.09.2021, 15:03 by Martin Poblet, Rodrigo Berté, Hilario D. Boggiano, Yi Li, Emiliano Cortés, Gustavo Grinblat, Stefan A. Maier, Andrea V. Bragas
Hypersound waves can be efficient mediators between optical signals at the nanoscale. Having phase velocities several orders of magnitude lower than the speed of light, they propagate with much shorter wavelengths and can be controlled, directed, and even focused in a very small region of space. This work shows how two optical nanoantennas can be coupled through an acoustic wave that propagates with a certain directionality. An “emitter” antenna is first optically excited to generate acoustic coherent phonons that launch surface acoustic waves through the underlying substrate. These waves travel until they are mechanically detected by a “receiver” nanoantenna whose oscillation produces a detectable optical signal. Generation and detection are studied in detail, and new designs are proposed to improve the directionality of the hypersonic surface acoustic wave.