Abstract

We propose a broadband infrared absorber by engineering the frequency dispersion of metamaterial surface (metasurface) to mimic an ideal absorbing sheet. With a thin layer of structured nichrome, a polarization-independent absorber with absorption larger than 97% is numerically demonstrated over a larger than one octave bandwidth. It is shown that the bandwidth enhancement is related with the transformation of the Drude model of free electron gas in metal film to the Lorentz oscillator model of a bound electron in the structured metallic surface. We believe that the concept of dispersion engineering may provide helpful guidance for the design of a broadband absorber.

©2012 Optical Society of America

Full Article  |  PDF Article
More Like This
Design of metamaterial surfaces with broadband absorbance

Chihhui Wu and Gennady Shvets
Opt. Lett. 37(3) 308-310 (2012)

Experimental demonstration of terahertz metamaterial absorbers with a broad and flat high absorption band

Li Huang, Dibakar Roy Chowdhury, Suchitra Ramani, Matthew T. Reiten, Sheng-Nian Luo, Antoinette J. Taylor, and Hou-Tong Chen
Opt. Lett. 37(2) 154-156 (2012)

Ultrathin and broadband high impedance surface absorbers based on metamaterial substrates

Yongqiang Pang, Haifeng Cheng, Yongjiang Zhou, Zenggnag Li, and Jun Wang
Opt. Express 20(11) 12515-12520 (2012)

References

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Citation lists with outbound citation links are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an Optica member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access Optica Member Subscription

Cited By

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Cited by links are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an Optica member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access Optica Member Subscription

Figures (4)

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Figure files are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an Optica member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access Optica Member Subscription

Equations (3)

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Equations are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an Optica member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access Optica Member Subscription

Metrics