Wave mixing in nonlinear magnetic metacrystal

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Center for Metamaterials and Integrated Plasmonics, Pratt School of Engineering, Duke Univeristy, P.O. Box 90291, Durham, North Carolina 27708, USA
Applied Physics Letters (Impact Factor: 3.3). 06/2011; 98(20):204102 - 204102-3. DOI: 10.1063/1.3592574
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We present experimental measurements of three-and four-wave mixing phenomena in an artificially structured nonlinear magnetic metacrystal at microwave frequencies. The sum frequency generation signal for the varactor-loaded split-ring resonator (VLSRR) metamaterial agrees quantitatively with that predicted using an analytical effective medium model describing the VLSRR medium. A resonant enhancement of the nonlinear response is observed near the metamaterial resonance. (C) 2011 American Institute of Physics. [doi: 10.1063/1.3592574]

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