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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 15 — Jul. 16, 2012
  • pp: 17065–17081

Impact of polar-azimuthal illumination angles on efficiency of nano-cavity-array integrated single-photon detectors

Mária Csete, Anikó Szalai, Áron Sipos, and Gábor Szabó  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 15, pp. 17065-17081 (2012)

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The absorptance of superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors consisting of subwavelength NbN stripes arrayed in 200 nm and 600 nm periodic patterns and integrated with nano-cavity-array and closing gold segments is maximized at the wavelength of 1550 nm via numerical computations. It is shown that the optimum azimuthal angles are γ = 90° (S-orientation) in case of p-polarized illumination, and γ = 0° (P-orientation) during s-polarized illumination. The p-polarized illumination of 200-nm-pitch design in S-orientation results in polar angle independent ~95% NbN absorptance due to collective resonances on the nano-cavity-array. In 600-nm-pitch design a local absorptance maximum (37.2%) appears as a result of near-field concentration promoted by Brewster-wave excitation during p-polarized illumination in S-orientation. For practical applications s-polarized illumination of 600-nm-pitch design in P-orientation is proposed, as ~52% absorptance larger than in case of perpendicular incidence is attainable due to total internal reflection.

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OCIS Codes
(040.3060) Detectors : Infrared
(040.5160) Detectors : Photodetectors
(050.2770) Diffraction and gratings : Gratings
(220.4830) Optical design and fabrication : Systems design
(240.6690) Optics at surfaces : Surface waves
(050.6624) Diffraction and gratings : Subwavelength structures

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Original Manuscript: June 7, 2012
Revised Manuscript: June 24, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: June 25, 2012
Published: July 11, 2012

Mária Csete, Anikó Szalai, Áron Sipos, and Gábor Szabó, "Impact of polar-azimuthal illumination angles on efficiency of nano-cavity-array integrated single-photon detectors," Opt. Express 20, 17065-17081 (2012)

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