Natural weak value amplification in Fano resonance and giant Faraday rotation in magneto-plasmonic crystal

Shyamal Guchhait, Athira B S, Niladri Modak, Jeeban Kumar Nayak, Anwesha Panda, Mandira Pal, Nirmalya Ghosh

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The extraordinary concept of weak value amplification can be formulated within the realm of wave interference as nearly destructive interference between the eigenstates of the measuring observable. Here we report on a phenomenon of interferometric weak value amplification of small polarization rotation in Fano resonance that evolves completely naturally due to near destructive spectral domain interference between a continuum and a narrow resonance mode having slightly different polarization response. In order to elucidate this, we first experimentally demonstrate an interferometric weak value amplification concept by generating nearly destructive interference of two paths of an interferometer having slightly rotated linear polarization states of light. The weak value amplification of polarization rotation effect is manifested as dramatic changes in the polarization state of light, which acts as the pointer. We go on to demonstrate that the manifestation of natural interferometric weak value amplification is an important contributing factor to the observed giant Faraday rotation and ellipticity in waveguided magneto-plasmonic crystals exhibiting prominent Fano resonance. The natural weak value interpretation of the enhanced Faraday rotation in hybrid magneto-plasmonic systems enriches the existing understanding on its origin. This opens up a new paradigm of natural weak measurement for gaining fundamental insights and ensuing practical applications on various weak interaction effects in rich variety of wave phenomena that originate from fine interference effects.

Original languageEnglish
Article number11464
JournalScientific Reports
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2020
Externally publishedYes

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