Abstract

Phase changing materials are commonly used for optical switching, limiting, and sensing. In many important cases, the change in the transmission characteristics of the optical material is caused by light-induced heating. We demonstrate that the incorporation of such optical materials in judiciously designed photonic structures can dramatically alter the light-induced phase change, as well as the transmission characteristics of the entire photonic structure. Possible practical implications are discussed.

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