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  • Editor: Xi-Cheng Zhang
  • Vol. 39, Iss. 9 — May. 1, 2014
  • pp: 2637–2640

Nearly perfect resonant absorption of TE-polarized light at metal surfaces coated with arrayed dielectric stripes

Zhijun Sun, Wei Chen, and Ling Guo  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 39, Issue 9, pp. 2637-2640 (2014)

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A quasi-transverse electric (TE) surface wave mode exists at a metal surface coated with an ultrathin high-index dielectric layer. As the coating is in dielectric stripe arrays, nearly perfect absorption of TE-polarized incidence light is observed in simulations, due to resonances of the quasi-surface waves at each segment of the dielectric-coated metal surfaces. In analysis, the Fabry–Perot-like nature of the resonances is clarified, and effects of symmetry on different behaviors of the odd- and even-order resonance modes are discussed. While the absorption peak is tunable, perfect absorption appears near cut-off wavelength of the surface mode.

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OCIS Codes
(240.6690) Optics at surfaces : Surface waves
(260.3910) Physical optics : Metal optics
(260.5740) Physical optics : Resonance
(050.6624) Diffraction and gratings : Subwavelength structures

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

Original Manuscript: February 25, 2014
Revised Manuscript: March 27, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: March 29, 2014
Published: April 22, 2014

Zhijun Sun, Wei Chen, and Ling Guo, "Nearly perfect resonant absorption of TE-polarized light at metal surfaces coated with arrayed dielectric stripes," Opt. Lett. 39, 2637-2640 (2014)

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