Harmonic generation from metal-oxide and metal-metal boundaries
PublisherAmerican Physical Society (APS)
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We explore the outcomes of detailed microscopic models by calculating second- and third-harmonic generation from thin-film surfaces with discontinuous free-electron densities. These circumstances can occur in structures consisting of a simple metal mirror, or arrangements composed of either different metals or a metal and a free-electron system like a conducting oxide. Using a hydrodynamic approach we highlight the case of a gold mirror and that of a two-layer system containing indium tin oxide (ITO) and gold. We assume the gold mirror surface is characterized by a free-electron cloud of varying density that spills into the vacuum, which as a result of material dispersion exhibits epsilon-near-zero conditions and local-field enhancement at the surface. For a bilayer consisting of a thin ITO and gold film, if the wave is incident from the ITO side the electromagnetic field is presented with a free-electron discontinuity at the ITO-gold interface, and wavelength-dependent epsilon-near-zero conditions that enhance local fields and conversion efficiencies and determine the surface's emission properties. We evaluate the relative significance of additional nonlinear sources that arise when a free-electron discontinuity is present, and show that harmonic generation can be sensitive to the density of the screening free-electron cloud, and not its thickness. Our findings also suggest the possibility to control surface harmonic generation through surface charge engineering.
CitationEscalora, M., Vincenti, M., de Ceglia, D., Akozbek, N., Bloemer, M., De Angelis, C., Haus, J., Vilaseca, R., Trull, J., Cojocaru, C. Harmonic generation from metal-oxide and metal-metal boundaries. "Physical review A", 20 Agost 2018, vol. 98, núm. 2, p. 23837-1-23837-9.