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  • Editor: Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 20 — Sep. 29, 2008
  • pp: 15431–15438

Total absorption of light by lamellar metallic gratings

Nicolas Bonod, Gérard Tayeb, Daniel Maystre, Stefan Enoch, and Evgeny Popov  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 20, pp. 15431-15438 (2008)

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Lamellar gratings illuminated in conical (off-plane) mounting can achieve with suitable optogeometrical parameters (grating profile, angle of incidence and wavelength) a total absorption of light for any polarization provided there is only the zeroth propagating order. A detailed analysis shows that electromagnetic resonances are involved and their nature strongly depends on the polarization. When the incident electric field is parallel to the cross-section of the grating, the resonance is provoked by the excitation of surface plasmons. For the orthogonal polarization, total absorption occurs for deep gratings only, when the grooves behave like resonant optical cavities. It is possible to reduce the optimal grating height by filling the grooves with a high refractive index material.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1950) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction gratings
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(260.3910) Physical optics : Metal optics
(050.5745) Diffraction and gratings : Resonance domain

ToC Category:
Diffraction and Gratings

Original Manuscript: August 12, 2008
Revised Manuscript: September 10, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: September 10, 2008
Published: September 15, 2008

Nicolas Bonod, Gérard Tayeb, Daniel Maystre, Stefan Enoch, and Evgeny Popov, "Total absorption of light by lamellar metallic gratings," Opt. Express 16, 15431-15438 (2008)

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