Polarization-selective ultra-broadband super absorber

Yan Kai Zhong, Sze Ming Fu, Weiming Huang, Ding Rung, Jian Yi Wen Huang, Parag Parashar, Shih-Chun Lin*

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While a broadband metamaterial perfect absorber (MPA) has been implemented and proposed intensively in recent years, an ultra-broadband perfect absorber with polarization selectivity has not been realized in literature. In this work, we propose a configuration of polarization-selective (PS) MPA with ultra-wide absorption bandwidth. The aluminum wire grid is integrated on top of the ultrathin-metal-dielectric stacking. The transverse electric (TE) wave is blocked due to the requirement of zero tangential electric field at the metal surface. The transverse magnetic field can pass the aluminum wire-grids because the normal electric field can be supported by the surface charge density at the metal surface, and full absorption of the TM wave is accomplished by the metal-dielectric stacking beneath. Theoretical calculation using rigorously coupled wave analysis demonstrates the wavelength selectivity from λ = 1.98μm to λ = 11.74μm where the TE absorption is <0.04 while TM absorption is >0.95, using 300 nm thick aluminum (Al) wire grid with 16-pair SiO2/Ti stacking. Additionally, the design is wavelength scalable by adjusting the dielectric thickness (tSiO2) and the wire grid period (P) and height (t). The experimental result is demonstrated using Al grids and Ti/SiO2, and the measured result fully supports the calculated prediction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)A124-A133
JournalOptics Express
Issue number4
StatePublished - 20 Feb 2017

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