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Coherent control of radiation patterns of nonlinear multiphoton processes in nanoparticles

Papoff, Francesco and McArthur, Duncan and Hourahine, Ben (2015) Coherent control of radiation patterns of nonlinear multiphoton processes in nanoparticles. Scientific Reports, 5. ISSN 2045-2322

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Abstract

We propose a scheme for the coherent control of light waves and currents in metallic nanospheres which applies independently of the nonlinear multiphoton processes at the origin of waves and currents. We derive conditions on the external control field which enable us to change the radiation pattern and suppress radiative losses or to reduce absorption, enabling the particle to behave as a perfect scatterer or as a perfect absorber. The control introduces narrow features in the response of the particles that result in high sensitivity to small variations in the local environment, including subwavelength spatial shifts.