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  • Editor: Xi-Cheng Zhang
  • Vol. 39, Iss. 2 — Jan. 15, 2014
  • pp: 331–334

Efficient multiband absorber based on one-dimensional periodic metal–dielectric photonic crystal with a reflective substrate

Wenyan Wang, Yanxia Cui, Yingran He, Yuying Hao, Yinyue Lin, Ximin Tian, Ting Ji, and Sailing He  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 39, Issue 2, pp. 331-334 (2014)

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We propose an efficient multiband absorber comprised of a truncated, one-dimensional periodic metal–dielectric photonic crystal and a reflective substrate. The reflective substrate is essentially an optically thick metallic film. Such a planar device is easier to fabricate compared to absorbers with complicated shapes. For a four-unit cell device, all four of the absorption peaks can be optimized with efficiencies higher than 95 percent. Moreover, those absorption peaks are insensitive to the polarization and incident angle. The influences of the geometrical parameters and the refractive index of the dielectric on the device performance also are discussed. Furthermore, we found that the number of absorption peaks within each photonic band precisely corresponds to the number of unit cells because the truncated photonic crystal lattices select resonant modes. We also show that the total absorption efficiency gradually increases when there are more periods of the metal–dielectric composite layer placed on top of the metallic substrate. We expect this work to have potential applications in solar energy harvesting and thermal emission tailoring.

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OCIS Codes
(120.2230) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Fabry-Perot
(310.3915) Thin films : Metallic, opaque, and absorbing coatings
(310.4165) Thin films : Multilayer design
(050.5298) Diffraction and gratings : Photonic crystals
(010.1030) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Absorption

ToC Category:
Thin Films

Original Manuscript: October 15, 2013
Revised Manuscript: November 22, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: December 4, 2013
Published: January 10, 2014

Wenyan Wang, Yanxia Cui, Yingran He, Yuying Hao, Yinyue Lin, Ximin Tian, Ting Ji, and Sailing He, "Efficient multiband absorber based on one-dimensional periodic metal–dielectric photonic crystal with a reflective substrate," Opt. Lett. 39, 331-334 (2014)

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