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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 3 — Feb. 11, 2013
  • pp: 3021–3030

Dual broadband near-infrared perfect absorber based on a hybrid plasmonic-photonic microstructure

Zhengqi Liu, Peng Zhan, Jing Chen, Chaojun Tang, Zhendong Yan, Zhuo Chen, and Zhenlin Wang  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 3, pp. 3021-3030 (2013)

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High performance light absorber with a broad bandwidth is particularly desirable for near-infrared photodetection and optical interconnects. Here we demonstrate a dual broadband perfect absorber in the near-infrared regime, which is based on a hybrid plasmonic-photonic microstructure. Such a microstructure is fabricated by self-assembling a monolayer colloidal crystal on an optically opaque metal film followed by depositing a thin metallic half-shell on the top of the colloidal particles. Both experimental and numerical simulation results show that the simply designed absorbers have dual broadband with absorption exceeding 90% in the near-infrared region with the absorption bands being scalable by tuning the size of the colloidal particles. Moreover, the absorption efficiency shows an extremely slight dispersion for the incident angles up to 50 degrees, benefit from the high symmetry as well as the highly modulated plasmonic microstructures that lead to a weak polarization dependence of these two absorption bands. The relative ease of growing high-quality colloidal crystals and the low cost of fabricating such plasmonic-photonic microstructures with high reproducibility could promise applicability of the light absorber in the field of photodetectors, thermal emitters and photovoltaics.

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OCIS Codes
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(260.5740) Physical optics : Resonance
(300.1030) Spectroscopy : Absorption
(350.4238) Other areas of optics : Nanophotonics and photonic crystals

ToC Category:
Optics at Surfaces

Original Manuscript: December 3, 2012
Revised Manuscript: January 20, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: January 28, 2013
Published: January 31, 2013

Zhengqi Liu, Peng Zhan, Jing Chen, Chaojun Tang, Zhendong Yan, Zhuo Chen, and Zhenlin Wang, "Dual broadband near-infrared perfect absorber based on a hybrid plasmonic-photonic microstructure," Opt. Express 21, 3021-3030 (2013)

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