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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 22, Iss. 2 — Jan. 27, 2014
  • pp: 1952–1962

Impact of interface roughness on the performance of broadband blackbody absorber based on dielectric-metal film multilayers

Shy-hauh Guo, Andrei B. Sushkov, Dong Hun Park, H. Dennis Drew, Paul W. Kolb, Warren N. Herman, and Raymond J. Phaneuf  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue 2, pp. 1952-1962 (2014)

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We report on factors affecting the performance of a broadband, mid-IR absorber based on multiple, alternating dielectric / metal layers. In particular, we investigate the effect of interface roughness. Atomic layer deposition produces both a dramatic suppression of the interface roughness and a significant increase in the optical absorption as compared to devices fabricated using a conventional thermal evaporation source. Absorption characteristics greater than 80% across a 300 K black body spectrum are achieved. We demonstrate a further increase in this absorption via the inclusion of a patterned, porous anti-reflection layer.

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OCIS Codes
(230.4170) Optical devices : Multilayers
(240.5770) Optics at surfaces : Roughness
(310.6628) Thin films : Subwavelength structures, nanostructures
(310.6845) Thin films : Thin film devices and applications

ToC Category:
Thin Films

Original Manuscript: November 21, 2013
Revised Manuscript: January 13, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: January 13, 2014
Published: January 23, 2014

Shy-hauh Guo, Andrei B. Sushkov, Dong Hun Park, H. Dennis Drew, Paul W. Kolb, Warren N. Herman, and Raymond J. Phaneuf, "Impact of interface roughness on the performance of broadband blackbody absorber based on dielectric-metal film multilayers," Opt. Express 22, 1952-1962 (2014)

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