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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 9 — Apr. 28, 2008
  • pp: 6146–6155

Total absorption of unpolarized light by crossed gratings

E. Popov, D. Maystre, R.C. McPhedran, M. Nevière, M.C. Hutley, and G.H Derrick  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 9, pp. 6146-6155 (2008)

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We present both experimental and numerical data showing the absorption of unpolarized, normally incident light by a gold crossed grating having a shallow sinusoidal profile. We show furthermore that the total absorption of unpolarized light can be achieved for an angle of incidence of 30° with a crossed grating having its period adjusted appropriately from the normal incidence case to preserve the plasmonic resonance responsible for the enhanced absorptance. We contrast the process for achieving high absorptance in the principal plane of incidence aligned with the grooves of one of the gratings, with that for the principal plane at 45° to each grating.

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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: March 4, 2008
Revised Manuscript: April 10, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: April 15, 2008
Published: April 16, 2008

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E. Popov, D. Maystre, R. C. McPhedran, M. Nevière, M.C. Hutley, and G. H. Derrick, "Total absorption of unpolarized light by crossed gratings," Opt. Express 16, 6146-6155 (2008)

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