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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 23 — Nov. 5, 2012
  • pp: 25441–25453

Optimal light harvesting structures at optical and infrared frequencies

F. Villate-Guío, F. López-Tejeira, F. J. García-Vidal, L. Martín-Moreno, and F. de León-Pérez  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 23, pp. 25441-25453 (2012)

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One-dimensional light harvesting structures with a realistic geometry nano-patterned on an opaque metallic film are optimized to render high transmission efficiencies at optical and infrared frequencies. Simple design rules are developed for the particular case of a slit-groove array with a given number of grooves that are symmetrically distributed with respect to a central slit. These rules take advantage of the hybridization of Fabry-Perot modes in the slit and surface modes of the corrugated metal surface. Same design rules apply for optical and infrared frequencies. The parameter space of the groove array is also examined with a conjugate gradient optimization algorithm that used as a seed the geometries optimized following physical intuition. Both uniform and nonuniform groove arrays are considered. The largest transmission enhancement, with respect to a uniform array, is obtained for a chirped groove profile. Such relative enhancement is a function of the wavelength. It decreases from 39 % in the optical part of the spectrum to 15 % at the long wavelength infrared.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1220) Diffraction and gratings : Apertures
(050.1960) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction theory
(050.2770) Diffraction and gratings : Gratings
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(240.6690) Optics at surfaces : Surface waves
(050.6624) Diffraction and gratings : Subwavelength structures

ToC Category:
Optics at Surfaces

Original Manuscript: July 25, 2012
Revised Manuscript: September 2, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: September 6, 2012
Published: October 25, 2012

F. Villate-Guío, F. López-Tejeira, F. J. García-Vidal, L. Martín-Moreno, and F. de León-Pérez, "Optimal light harvesting structures at optical and infrared frequencies," Opt. Express 20, 25441-25453 (2012)

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