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Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Editor: Henry van Driel
  • Vol. 27, Iss. 9 — Sep. 1, 2010
  • pp: 1757–1762

Heterostructure-based optical absorbers

Gui-qiang Du, Hai-tao Jiang, Zhan-shan Wang, Ya-ping Yang, Zi-li Wang, Hai-qing Lin, and Hong Chen  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 27, Issue 9, pp. 1757-1762 (2010)

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We have fabricated optical absorbers based on heterostructures composed of thick metallic films and truncated all-dielectric photonic crystals. Under the tunneling mechanism, the light can enter the heterostructure without reflection and is greatly absorbed due to the strong local-field enhancement in the metallic film. With the increase in the thickness of the metal, the absorbance will tend to unity. Experiments, in good agreement with the simulations, demonstrate a maximum of absorbance close to 98%. Possible methods to realize a wide-angle or/and wideband absorption are also given.

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OCIS Codes
(350.2450) Other areas of optics : Filters, absorption
(160.3918) Materials : Metamaterials
(160.5298) Materials : Photonic crystals

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Original Manuscript: April 2, 2010
Revised Manuscript: June 16, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: July 13, 2010
Published: August 12, 2010

Gui-qiang Du, Hai-tao Jiang, Zhan-shan Wang, Ya-ping Yang, Zi-li Wang, Hai-qing Lin, and Hong Chen, "Heterostructure-based optical absorbers," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 27, 1757-1762 (2010)

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