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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 4 — Feb. 25, 2013
  • pp: 4709–4716

Analysis of subwavelength metal hole array structure for the enhancement of back-illuminated quantum dot infrared photodetectors

Zahyun Ku, Woo-Yong Jang, Jiangfeng Zhou, Jun Oh Kim, Ajit V. Barve, Sinhara Silva, Sanjay Krishna, S. R. J. Brueck, Robert Nelson, Augustine Urbas, Sangwoo Kang, and Sang Jun Lee  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 4, pp. 4709-4716 (2013)

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This paper is focused on analyzing the impact of a two-dimensional metal hole array structure integrated to the back-illuminated quantum dots-in-a-well (DWELL) infrared photodetectors. The metal hole array consisting of subwavelength-circular holes penetrating gold layer (2D-Au-CHA) provides the enhanced responsivity of DWELL infrared photodetector at certain wavelengths. The performance of 2D-Au-CHA is investigated by calculating the absorption of active layer in the DWELL structure using a finite integration technique. Simulation results show that the performance of the DWELL focal plane array (FPA) is improved by enhancing the coupling to active layer via local field engineering resulting from a surface plasmon polariton mode and a guided Fabry-Perot mode. Simulation method accomplished in this paper provides a generalized approach to optimize the design of any type of couplers integrated to infrared photodetectors. Experimental results demonstrate the enhanced signal-to-noise ratio by the 2D-Au-CHA integrated FPA as compared to the DWELL FPA. A comparison between the experiment and the simulation shows a good agreement.

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OCIS Codes
(050.2230) Diffraction and gratings : Fabry-Perot
(130.2790) Integrated optics : Guided waves
(230.5160) Optical devices : Photodetectors
(230.5750) Optical devices : Resonators
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(050.6624) Diffraction and gratings : Subwavelength structures

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Original Manuscript: November 26, 2012
Revised Manuscript: January 17, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: February 11, 2013
Published: February 19, 2013

Zahyun Ku, Woo-Yong Jang, Jiangfeng Zhou, Jun Oh Kim, Ajit V. Barve, Sinhara Silva, Sanjay Krishna, S. R. J. Brueck, Robert Nelson, Augustine Urbas, Sangwoo Kang, and Sang Jun Lee, "Analysis of subwavelength metal hole array structure for the enhancement of back-illuminated quantum dot infrared photodetectors," Opt. Express 21, 4709-4716 (2013)

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