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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 8 — Apr. 13, 2009
  • pp: 6770–6781

Absorption of light by extremely shallow metallic gratings: metamaterial behavior

Evgeny Popov, Stefan Enoch, and Nicolas Bonod  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 8, pp. 6770-6781 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.17.006770


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Abstract

Extremely shallow lamellar metallic gratings are shown to totally absorb incident light inside a wide angular interval. The full absorption still holds at the homogeneization limit when the period tends toward zero. It is shown that a lamellar grating, illuminated in normal incidence and in transerve magnetic polarization with a period lower than 1/, of the vacuum wavelength behaves like a dielectric one with a high refractive index. The full absorption is then not due to the excitation of surface plasmon but either to Fabry-Perot resonance or Brewster effect, depending on the corrugated layer thickness.

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OCIS Codes
(050.0050) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction and gratings
(240.0240) Optics at surfaces : Optics at surfaces
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons

ToC Category:
Diffraction and Gratings

History
Original Manuscript: January 22, 2009
Revised Manuscript: March 4, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: March 4, 2009
Published: April 9, 2009

Citation
Evgeny Popov, Stefan Enoch, and Nicolas Bonod, "Absorption of light by extremely shallow metallic gratings: metamaterial behavior," Opt. Express 17, 6770-6781 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-17-8-6770


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