High Performance Infrared Plasmonic Metamaterial Absorbers and Their Applications to Thin-film Sensing

Weisheng Yue, Zhihong Wang, Yang Yang, Jiaguang Han, Jingqi Li, Zaibing Guo, Hua Tan, Xixiang Zhang

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Abstract

Plasmonic metamaterial absorbers (PMAs) have attracted considerable attention for developing various sensing devices. In this work, we design, fabricate and characterize PMAs of different geometrical shapes operating in mid-infrared frequencies, and explore the applications of the PMAs as sensor for thin films. The PMAs, consisting of metal-insulator-metal stacks with patterned gold nanostructured surfaces (resonators), demonstrated high absorption efficiency (87 to 98 %) of electromagnetic waves in the infrared regime. The position and efficiency of resonance absorption are dependent on the shape of the resonators. Furthermore, the resonance wavelength of PMAs was sensitive to the thin film coated on the surface of the PMAs, which was tested using aluminum oxide (Al2O3) as the film. With increase of the Al2O3 thickness, the position of resonance absorption shifted to longer wavelengths. The dependence of the resonant wavelength on thin film thickness makes PMAs a suitable candidate as a sensor for thin films. Using this sensing strategy, PMAs have potential as a new method for thin film detection and in situ monitoring of surface reactions. © 2016 Springer Science+Business Media New York
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1557-1563
Number of pages7
JournalPlasmonics
Volume11
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 7 2016

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