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Perfect Optical Absorbers Based on Plasmon Resonances in Subwavelength-Patterned Gold Thin Films

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Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 20 Nov 2018
EventSymposium on Future Prospects for Photonics
: Sensing & Imaging
- Silja Symphony, Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: 20 Nov 201822 Nov 2018


ConferenceSymposium on Future Prospects for Photonics
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Photon absorption is a fundamental part of the operation of photodetectors, solar cells, photothermal devices, and optical filters. Perfect absorbers are materials that can efficiently absorb nearly all incident radiation either in a narrow or broad wavelength range. Perfect light absorption in metals has been achieved using thick porous foams, impedance matching lossy films, and metallic nanopillars or needles with a gradual refractive index change. Here we present a subwavelength patterned gold thin film that is capable of absorbing 97% of incident light in the visible range 320–650 nm. Optical absorption is high (>90%) even at high incidence angles.

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