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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 9 — Apr. 23, 2012
  • pp: 10376–10381

Wide-angle polarization independent infrared broadband absorbers based on metallic multi-sized disk arrays

Cheng-Wen Cheng, Mohammed Nadhim Abbas, Chao-Wei Chiu, Kun-Ting Lai, Min-Hsiung Shih, and Yia-Chung Chang  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 9, pp. 10376-10381 (2012)

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Two-dimensional metallic broadband absorbers on a SiO2/Ag/Si substrate were experimentally studied. The absorptivity of such structure can be increased by tailoring the ratio of disk size to the unit cell area. The metallic disk exhibits a localized surface plasmon polariton (LSPP) mode for both TE and TM polarizations. A broadband thermal emitter can be realized because the LSPP mode is independent of the periodicities. By manipulating the ratios and disk sizes, a high-performance, wide-angle, polarization-independent dual band absorber was experimentally achieved. The results demonstrated a substantial flexibility in absorber designs for applications in thermal photovoltaics, sensors, and camouflage.

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OCIS Codes
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(260.3060) Physical optics : Infrared
(160.3918) Materials : Metamaterials
(250.5403) Optoelectronics : Plasmonics

ToC Category:
Optics at Surfaces

Original Manuscript: March 5, 2012
Revised Manuscript: April 17, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: April 17, 2012
Published: April 20, 2012

Cheng-Wen Cheng, Mohammed Nadhim Abbas, Chao-Wei Chiu, Kun-Ting Lai, Min-Hsiung Shih, and Yia-Chung Chang, "Wide-angle polarization independent infrared broadband absorbers based on metallic multi-sized disk arrays," Opt. Express 20, 10376-10381 (2012)

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