Tunable THz absorption using Al/SiOx planar periodic structures

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Authors
Kearney, Brian
Alves, Fabio
Grbovic, Dragoslav
Karunasiri, Gamani
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perfect absorber
multiband
metamaterial
Terahertz
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2012
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SPIE
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Abstract
To increase the sensitivity of uncooled microbolometer-based THz imagers, absorbing structures (metamaterial films) with resonant absorption that can be tuned to a QCL illuminator frequency are investigated. The metamaterial films are comprised of periodic arrays of aluminum (Al) squares and an Al ground plane separated by a thin silicon-rich silicon oxide (SiOx) dielectric film. Finite element simulations were performed by varying the structural parameters to establish the design criteria for high absorption, spectral tunability and bandwidth. Several structures with single band and multiband absorption characteristics were fabricated. Measured absorption spectra show absorption up to 100% at designed THz frequencies and the spectral characteristics agree with simulations.
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The article of record as published may be found at http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.918653
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Physics
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Naval Postgraduate School (U.S.)
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7 p.
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Kearney, Brian, et al. "Tunable THz absorption using Al/SiO x planar periodic structures." Terahertz Physics, Devices, and Systems VI: Advanced Applications in Industry and Defense. Vol. 8363. International Society for Optics and Photonics, 2012.
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This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
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