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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 2 — Jan. 16, 2012
  • pp: 1903–1911

Active tuning of mid-infrared metamaterials by electrical control of carrier densities

Young Chul Jun, Edward Gonzales, John L. Reno, Eric A. Shaner, Alon Gabbay, and Igal Brener  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 2, pp. 1903-1911 (2012)

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We demonstrate electrically-controlled active tuning of mid-infrared metamaterial resonances using depletion-type devices. The depletion width in an n-doped GaAs epilayer changes with an electric bias, inducing a change of the permittivity of the substrate and leading to frequency tuning of the resonance. We first present our detailed theoretical analysis and then explain experimental data of bias-dependent metamaterial transmission spectra. This electrical tuning is generally applicable to a variety of infrared metamaterials and plasmonic structures, which can find novel applications in chip-scale active infrared devices.

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OCIS Codes
(130.0250) Integrated optics : Optoelectronics
(130.3060) Integrated optics : Infrared
(130.3120) Integrated optics : Integrated optics devices
(160.3918) Materials : Metamaterials

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Original Manuscript: November 28, 2011
Revised Manuscript: January 2, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: January 5, 2012
Published: January 12, 2012

Young Chul Jun, Edward Gonzales, John L. Reno, Eric A. Shaner, Alon Gabbay, and Igal Brener, "Active tuning of mid-infrared metamaterials by electrical control of carrier densities," Opt. Express 20, 1903-1911 (2012)

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