Magnetic plasmon induced transparency in three-dimensional metamolecules

P.C. Wu, W.T. Chen, K.-Y. Yang, C.T. Hsiao, G. Sun, A.Q. Liu, N.I. Zheludev, Din-ping Tsai

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© 2012 Science Wise Publishing & De Gruyter.In a laser-driven atomic quantum system, a continuous state couples to a discrete state resulting in quantum interference that provides a transmission peak within a broad absorption profi le the so-called electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT). In the fi eld of plasmonic metamaterials, the subwavelength metallic structures play a role similar to atoms in nature. The interference of their near-fi eld coupling at plasmonic resonance leads to a plasmon induced transparency (PIT) that is analogous to the EIT of atomic systems. A sensitive control of the PIT is crucial to a range of potential applications such as slowing light and biosensor. So far, the PIT phenomena often arise from the electric resonance, such as an electric dipole state coupled to an electric quadrupole state. Here we report the fi rst three-dimensional photonic metamaterial consisting of an array of erected U-shape plasmonic gold nanostructures that exhibits PIT phenomenon with magnetic dipolar interaction between magnetic meta molecules. We further demonstrate using a numerical simulation that the coupling between the different excited pathways at an intermediate resonant wavelength allows for a ? phase shift resulting in a destructive interference. A classical RLC circuit was also proposed to explain the coupling effects between the bright and dark modes of EIT-like electromagnetic spectra. This work paves a promising approach to achieve magnetic plasmon devices.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-138
Number of pages8
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Magnetic resonance
  • Metamaterials
  • Plasmon induced transparency

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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