Abstract

We present the design of a polarization-independent tunable absorbing metamaterial (MM) in the mid-infrared wavelength regime. Our structure is composed of an array of thin gold (Au) squares separated from a continuous Au film by a phase-change material (PCM) layer. It is shown that a 10% tuning of the absorbance peak can be obtained by switching the PCM between its amorphous and crystalline states. The strong absorbance shows a substantial overlap between TE and TM polarization states over a wide range of incident angles. The electric field, magnetic field, and current distributions in the absorber are investigated to further explain the physical origin of the absorption. The study provides a path toward the realization of tunable absorbers for applications, such as selective thermal emitters, sensors, and bolometers.

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2011

J. Hao, L. Zhou, and M. Qiu, “Nearly total absorption of light and heat generation by plasmonic metamaterials,” Phys. Rev. B 83, 165107 (2011).
[CrossRef]

C. H. Lin, R. L. Chern, and H. Y. Lin, “Polarization-independent broad-band nearly perfect absorbers in the visible regime,” Opt. Express 19, 415–424 (2011).
[CrossRef]

K. B. Alici, A. B. Turhan, C. M. Soukoulis, and E. Ozbay, “Optically thin composite resonant absorber at the near-infrared band: a polarization independent and spectrally broadband configuration,” Opt. Express 19, 14260–14267 (2011).
[CrossRef]

B. Zhang, Y. Zhao, Q. Hao, B. Kiraly, I. C. Khoo, S. Chen, and T. J. Huang, “Polarization-independent dual-band infrared perfect absorber based on a metal-dielectric-metal elliptical nanodisk array,” Opt. Express 19, 15221–15228 (2011).
[CrossRef]

X. Liu, T. Tyler, T. Starr, A. F. Starr, N. M. Jokerst, and W. J. Padilla, “Taming the blackbody with infrared metamaterials as selective thermal emitters,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 107, 045901 (2011).
[CrossRef]

E. Lier, D. H. Werner, C. P. Scarborough, Q. Wu, and J. A. Bossard, “An octave-bandwidth negligible-loss radiofrequency metamaterial,” Nat. Mater. 10, 216–222 (2011).
[CrossRef]

P. Ding, E. J. Liang, G. W. Cai, W. Q. Hu, C. Z. Fan, and Q. Z. Xue, “Dual-band perfect absorption and field enhancement by interaction between localized and propagating surface plasmons in optical metamaterials,” J. Opt. 13, 075005 (2011).
[CrossRef]

2010

J. Hao, J. Wang, X. Liu, W. J. Padilla, L. Zhou, and M. Qiu, “High performance optical absorber based on a plasmonic metamaterial,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 96, 251104 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Z. L. Samson, K. F. MacDonald, F. De Angelis, B. Gholipour, K. Knight, C. C. Huang, E. Di Fabrizio, D. W. Hewak, and N. I. Zheludev, “Metamaterial electro-optic switch of nanoscale thickness,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 96, 143105 (2010).
[CrossRef]

X. Liu, T. Starr, A. F. Starr, and W. J. Padilla, “Infrared spatial and frequency selective metamaterial with near-unity absorbance,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 207403 (2010).
[CrossRef]

G. W. Burr, M. J. Breitwisch, M. Franceschini, D. Garetto, K. Gopalakrishnan, B. Jackson, B. Kurdi, C. Lam, L. A. Lastras, A. Padilla, B. Rajendran, S. Raoux, and R. S. Shenoy, “Phase change memory technology,” J. Vac. Sci. Technol. B 28, 223–262 (2010).
[CrossRef]

N. Liu, M. Mesch, T. Weiss, M. Hentschel, and H. Giessen, “Infrared perfect absorber and its application as plasmonic sensor,” Nano Lett. 10, 2342–2348 (2010).
[CrossRef]

2009

M. Diem, T. Koschny, and C. M. Soukoulis, “Wide-angle perfect absorber/thermal emitter in the terahertz regime,” Phys. Rev. B 79, 033101 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Q. Y. Wen, H. W. Zhang, Y. S. Xie, Q. H. Yang, and Y. L. Liu, “Dual band terahertz metamaterial absorber: design, fabrication, and characterization,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 95, 241111 (2009).
[CrossRef]

B. Wang, Th. Koschny, and C. M. Soukoulis, “Wide-angle and polarization-independent chiral metamaterial absorber,” Phys. Rev. B 80, 033108 (2009).
[CrossRef]

E. Rephaeli and S. Fan, “Absorber and emitter for solar thermo-photovoltaic systems to achieve efficiency exceeding the Shockley-Queisser limit,” Opt. Express 17, 15145–15159 (2009).
[CrossRef]

2008

N. I. Landy, S. Sajuyigbe, J. J. Mock, D. R. Smith, and W. J. Padilla, “Perfect metamaterial absorber,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 100, 207402 (2008).
[CrossRef]

H. Tao, C. M. Bingham, A. C. Strikwerda, D. Pilon, D. Shrekenhamer, N. I. Landy, K. Fan, X. Zhang, W. J. Padilla, and R. D. Averitt, “Highly flexible wide angle of incidence terahertz metamaterial absorber: design, fabrication, and characterization,” Phys. Rev. B 78, 241103 (2008).
[CrossRef]

H. T. Chen, J. Ohara, A. Azad, A. Taylor, R. Averitt, D. Shrekenhamer, and W. J. Padilla, “Experimental demonstration of frequency-agile terahertz metamaterials,” Nat. Photonics 2, 295–298 (2008).
[CrossRef]

T. Driscoll, S. Palit, M. M. Qazilbash, M. Brehm, F. Keilmann, B. G. Chae, S. J. Yun, H. T. Kim, S. Y. Cho, N. M. Jokerst, D. R. Smith, and D. N. Basov, “Dynamic tuning of an infrared hybrid-metamaterial resonance using vanadium dioxide,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 93, 024101 (2008).
[CrossRef]

K. Shportko, S. Kremers, M. Woda, D. Lencer, J. Robertson, and M. Wuttig, “Resonant bonding in crystalline phase-change materials,” Nature 7, 653–658 (2008).
[CrossRef]

2006

D. Schurig, J. J. Mock, B. J. Justice, S. A. Cummer, J. B. Pendry, A. F. Starr, and D. R. Smith, “Metamaterial electromagnetic cloak at microwave frequencies,” Science 314, 977–980 (2006).
[CrossRef]

H. T. Chen, W. J. Padilla, J. M. O. Zide, A. C. Gossard, A. J. Taylor, and R. D. Averitt, “Active terahertz metamaterial devices,” Nature 444, 597–600 (2006).
[CrossRef]

2005

N. Fang, H. Lee, C. Sun, and X. Zhang, “Sub-diffraction-limited optical imaging with a silver superlens,” Science 308, 534–537 (2005).
[CrossRef]

2004

H. Sai and H. Yugami, “Thermophotovoltaic generation with selective radiators based on tungsten surface gratings,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 85, 3399–3401 (2004).
[CrossRef]

2001

R. A. Shelby, D. R. Smith, and S. Schultz, “Experimental verification of a negative index of refraction,” Science 292, 77–79 (2001).
[CrossRef]

2000

J. B. Pendry, “Negative refraction makes a perfect lens,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 85, 3966 (2000).
[CrossRef]

D. R. Smith, W. J. Padilla, D. C. Vier, S. C. Nemat-Nasser, and S. Schultz, “Composite medium with simultaneously negative permeability and permittivity,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 84, 4184–4187 (2000).
[CrossRef]

1998

J. B. Pendry, A. J. Holden, D. J. Robbins, and W. J. Stewart, “Low frequency plasmons in thin-wire structures,” J. Phys. Condens. Matter 10, 4785–4809 (1998).
[CrossRef]

1996

J. B. Pendry, A. J. Holden, W. J. Stewart, and I. Youngs, “Extremely low frequency plasmons in metallic mesostructures,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 76, 4773–4776 (1996).
[CrossRef]

1972

P. B. Johnson and R. W. Christy, “Optical constants of the noble metals,” Phys. Rev. B 6, 4370–4379 (1972).
[CrossRef]

Alici, K. B.

Ashwin, P.

J. A. V. Diosdado, P. Ashwin, K. I. Kohary, and C. D. Wright, “Threshold switching via electric field induced crystallization in phase-change memory devices,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 100, 253105 (2012).
[CrossRef]

Averitt, R.

H. T. Chen, J. Ohara, A. Azad, A. Taylor, R. Averitt, D. Shrekenhamer, and W. J. Padilla, “Experimental demonstration of frequency-agile terahertz metamaterials,” Nat. Photonics 2, 295–298 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Averitt, R. D.

H. Tao, C. M. Bingham, A. C. Strikwerda, D. Pilon, D. Shrekenhamer, N. I. Landy, K. Fan, X. Zhang, W. J. Padilla, and R. D. Averitt, “Highly flexible wide angle of incidence terahertz metamaterial absorber: design, fabrication, and characterization,” Phys. Rev. B 78, 241103 (2008).
[CrossRef]

H. T. Chen, W. J. Padilla, J. M. O. Zide, A. C. Gossard, A. J. Taylor, and R. D. Averitt, “Active terahertz metamaterial devices,” Nature 444, 597–600 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Azad, A.

H. T. Chen, J. Ohara, A. Azad, A. Taylor, R. Averitt, D. Shrekenhamer, and W. J. Padilla, “Experimental demonstration of frequency-agile terahertz metamaterials,” Nat. Photonics 2, 295–298 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Basov, D. N.

T. Driscoll, S. Palit, M. M. Qazilbash, M. Brehm, F. Keilmann, B. G. Chae, S. J. Yun, H. T. Kim, S. Y. Cho, N. M. Jokerst, D. R. Smith, and D. N. Basov, “Dynamic tuning of an infrared hybrid-metamaterial resonance using vanadium dioxide,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 93, 024101 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Bingham, C. M.

H. Tao, C. M. Bingham, A. C. Strikwerda, D. Pilon, D. Shrekenhamer, N. I. Landy, K. Fan, X. Zhang, W. J. Padilla, and R. D. Averitt, “Highly flexible wide angle of incidence terahertz metamaterial absorber: design, fabrication, and characterization,” Phys. Rev. B 78, 241103 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Bossard, J. A.

E. Lier, D. H. Werner, C. P. Scarborough, Q. Wu, and J. A. Bossard, “An octave-bandwidth negligible-loss radiofrequency metamaterial,” Nat. Mater. 10, 216–222 (2011).
[CrossRef]

Brehm, M.

T. Driscoll, S. Palit, M. M. Qazilbash, M. Brehm, F. Keilmann, B. G. Chae, S. J. Yun, H. T. Kim, S. Y. Cho, N. M. Jokerst, D. R. Smith, and D. N. Basov, “Dynamic tuning of an infrared hybrid-metamaterial resonance using vanadium dioxide,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 93, 024101 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Breitwisch, M. J.

G. W. Burr, M. J. Breitwisch, M. Franceschini, D. Garetto, K. Gopalakrishnan, B. Jackson, B. Kurdi, C. Lam, L. A. Lastras, A. Padilla, B. Rajendran, S. Raoux, and R. S. Shenoy, “Phase change memory technology,” J. Vac. Sci. Technol. B 28, 223–262 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Buchwald, W.

Burr, G. W.

G. W. Burr, M. J. Breitwisch, M. Franceschini, D. Garetto, K. Gopalakrishnan, B. Jackson, B. Kurdi, C. Lam, L. A. Lastras, A. Padilla, B. Rajendran, S. Raoux, and R. S. Shenoy, “Phase change memory technology,” J. Vac. Sci. Technol. B 28, 223–262 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Cai, G. W.

P. Ding, E. J. Liang, G. W. Cai, W. Q. Hu, C. Z. Fan, and Q. Z. Xue, “Dual-band perfect absorption and field enhancement by interaction between localized and propagating surface plasmons in optical metamaterials,” J. Opt. 13, 075005 (2011).
[CrossRef]

Cao, T.

Chae, B. G.

T. Driscoll, S. Palit, M. M. Qazilbash, M. Brehm, F. Keilmann, B. G. Chae, S. J. Yun, H. T. Kim, S. Y. Cho, N. M. Jokerst, D. R. Smith, and D. N. Basov, “Dynamic tuning of an infrared hybrid-metamaterial resonance using vanadium dioxide,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 93, 024101 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Chen, H. T.

L. Huang, D. R. Chowdhury, S. Ramani, M. T. Reiten, S. N. Luo, A. J. Taylor, and H. T. Chen, “Experimental demonstration of terahertz metamaterial absorbers with a broad and flat high absorption band,” Opt. Lett. 37, 154–156 (2012).
[CrossRef]

H. T. Chen, J. Ohara, A. Azad, A. Taylor, R. Averitt, D. Shrekenhamer, and W. J. Padilla, “Experimental demonstration of frequency-agile terahertz metamaterials,” Nat. Photonics 2, 295–298 (2008).
[CrossRef]

H. T. Chen, W. J. Padilla, J. M. O. Zide, A. C. Gossard, A. J. Taylor, and R. D. Averitt, “Active terahertz metamaterial devices,” Nature 444, 597–600 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Chen, S.

Chen, W.-C.

D. Shrekenhamer, W.-C. Chen, and W. J. Padilla, “Liquid crystal tunable metamaterial perfect absorber,” arXiv:1206.4214.v1 [Phys. Opt.] (2012).

Chern, R. L.

Cho, S. Y.

T. Driscoll, S. Palit, M. M. Qazilbash, M. Brehm, F. Keilmann, B. G. Chae, S. J. Yun, H. T. Kim, S. Y. Cho, N. M. Jokerst, D. R. Smith, and D. N. Basov, “Dynamic tuning of an infrared hybrid-metamaterial resonance using vanadium dioxide,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 93, 024101 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Chowdhury, D. R.

Christy, R. W.

P. B. Johnson and R. W. Christy, “Optical constants of the noble metals,” Phys. Rev. B 6, 4370–4379 (1972).
[CrossRef]

Cryan, M. J.

Cummer, S. A.

D. Schurig, J. J. Mock, B. J. Justice, S. A. Cummer, J. B. Pendry, A. F. Starr, and D. R. Smith, “Metamaterial electromagnetic cloak at microwave frequencies,” Science 314, 977–980 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Dayal, G.

De Angelis, F.

Z. L. Samson, K. F. MacDonald, F. De Angelis, B. Gholipour, K. Knight, C. C. Huang, E. Di Fabrizio, D. W. Hewak, and N. I. Zheludev, “Metamaterial electro-optic switch of nanoscale thickness,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 96, 143105 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Di Fabrizio, E.

Z. L. Samson, K. F. MacDonald, F. De Angelis, B. Gholipour, K. Knight, C. C. Huang, E. Di Fabrizio, D. W. Hewak, and N. I. Zheludev, “Metamaterial electro-optic switch of nanoscale thickness,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 96, 143105 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Diem, M.

M. Diem, T. Koschny, and C. M. Soukoulis, “Wide-angle perfect absorber/thermal emitter in the terahertz regime,” Phys. Rev. B 79, 033101 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Ding, P.

P. Ding, E. J. Liang, G. W. Cai, W. Q. Hu, C. Z. Fan, and Q. Z. Xue, “Dual-band perfect absorption and field enhancement by interaction between localized and propagating surface plasmons in optical metamaterials,” J. Opt. 13, 075005 (2011).
[CrossRef]

Diosdado, J. A. V.

J. A. V. Diosdado, P. Ashwin, K. I. Kohary, and C. D. Wright, “Threshold switching via electric field induced crystallization in phase-change memory devices,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 100, 253105 (2012).
[CrossRef]

Driscoll, T.

T. Driscoll, S. Palit, M. M. Qazilbash, M. Brehm, F. Keilmann, B. G. Chae, S. J. Yun, H. T. Kim, S. Y. Cho, N. M. Jokerst, D. R. Smith, and D. N. Basov, “Dynamic tuning of an infrared hybrid-metamaterial resonance using vanadium dioxide,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 93, 024101 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Fan, C. Z.

P. Ding, E. J. Liang, G. W. Cai, W. Q. Hu, C. Z. Fan, and Q. Z. Xue, “Dual-band perfect absorption and field enhancement by interaction between localized and propagating surface plasmons in optical metamaterials,” J. Opt. 13, 075005 (2011).
[CrossRef]

Fan, K.

H. Tao, C. M. Bingham, A. C. Strikwerda, D. Pilon, D. Shrekenhamer, N. I. Landy, K. Fan, X. Zhang, W. J. Padilla, and R. D. Averitt, “Highly flexible wide angle of incidence terahertz metamaterial absorber: design, fabrication, and characterization,” Phys. Rev. B 78, 241103 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Fan, S.

Fang, N.

N. Fang, H. Lee, C. Sun, and X. Zhang, “Sub-diffraction-limited optical imaging with a silver superlens,” Science 308, 534–537 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Feng, Q.

Franceschini, M.

G. W. Burr, M. J. Breitwisch, M. Franceschini, D. Garetto, K. Gopalakrishnan, B. Jackson, B. Kurdi, C. Lam, L. A. Lastras, A. Padilla, B. Rajendran, S. Raoux, and R. S. Shenoy, “Phase change memory technology,” J. Vac. Sci. Technol. B 28, 223–262 (2010).
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Figures (6)

Fig. 1.
Fig. 1.

(a) Schematic of the MM absorber showing the incident light polarization configuration. A plane wave is incident on the MM’s surface at angle (θ). The thicknesses of the Au squares, Ge2Sb1Te4 spacer, and Au mirror are 40, 40, and 80 nm, respectively. The lattice constant in both x and y directions is L=1000nm and the square dimension is dx=dy=900nm. The whole structure is suspended in air. β is a cross-section through the structure in the xz plane. (b) Illustration of absorber’s square lattice pattern.

Fig. 2.
Fig. 2.

Dielectric constant (a) ε1(ω) versus wavelength and (b) ε2(ω) versus wavelength for both amorphous and crystalline phases of Ge2Sb1Te4 (see [35]).

Fig. 3.
Fig. 3.

3D-FDTD simulation of spectrum of (a) reflectance and (b) absorbance for different phases of Ge2Sb1Te4 at normal incidence.

Fig. 4.
Fig. 4.

3D-FDTD simulation of (a) total electric field intensity distribution, (b) total magnetic field intensity distribution, and (c) displacement current (JD) distribution for amorphous phase of Ge2Sb1Te4 at normal incident angle where λ=2230nm. Simulation of (d) total electric field intensity distribution, (e) total magnetic field intensity distribution, and (f) displacement current (JD) distribution for crystalline phase of Ge2Sb1Te4 at normal incident angle where λ=2460nm.

Fig. 5.
Fig. 5.

3D-FDTD simulation of angular dispersions of the absorbance peaks (a) for amorphous Ge2Sb1Te4 at TE polarization, (b) for amorphous Ge2Sb1Te4 at TM polarization, (c) for crystalline Ge2Sb1Te4 at TE polarization, and (d) for crystalline Ge2Sb1Te4 at TM polarization.

Fig. 6.
Fig. 6.

3D-FDTD simulation of total magnetic field distribution for TE polarization at (a) θ=0°, (b) θ=20°, (c) θ=40°, (d) θ=50° and for TM polarization at (e) θ=0°, (f) θ=20°, (g) θ=40°, (h) θ=50° where λ=2230nm.

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