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Modeling and optimization of Au-GaAs plasmonic nanoslit array structures for enhanced near-infrared photodetector applications
Author(s): Zachary T. Brawley; Stephen J. Bauman; Grant P. Abbey; Ahmad A. Darweesh; Ahmad I. Nusir; Omar Manasreh; Joseph Herzog

Paper Abstract

This theoretical work explores how various geometries of Au plasmonic nanoslit array structures improve the total optical enhancement in GaAs photodetectors. Computational models studied these characteristics. Varying the electrode spacing, width, and thickness drastically affected the enhancement in the GaAs. Peaks in enhancement decayed as Au widths and thicknesses increased. These peaks are resonant with the incident near-infrared wavelength. The enhancement values were found to increase with decreasing electrode spacing. Additionally, a calculation was conducted for a model containing Ti between the Au and the GaAs to simulate the necessary adhesion layer. It was found that optical enhancement in the GaAs decreases for increasing Ti layer thickness. Optimal dimensions for the Au electrode include a width of 240 nm, thickness of 60 nm, electrode spacing of 5 nm, and a minimum Ti thickness. Optimal design has been shown to improve enhancement to values that are up to 25 times larger than for nonoptimized geometries and up to 300 times over structures with large electrode spacing. It was also found that the width of the metal in the array plays a more significant role in affecting the field enhancement than does the period of the array.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 March 2017
PDF: 9 pages
J. Nanophoton. 11(1) 016017 doi: 10.1117/1.JNP.11.016017
Published in: Journal of Nanophotonics Volume 11, Issue 1
Show Author Affiliations
Zachary T. Brawley, Univ. of Arkansas (United States)
Univ. of Central Arkansas (United States)
Stephen J. Bauman, Univ. of Arkansas (United States)
Grant P. Abbey, University of Arkansas (United States)
Ahmad A. Darweesh, Univ. of Arkansas (United States)
Ahmad I. Nusir, Univ. of Arkansas (United States)
Omar Manasreh, Univ. of Arkansas (United States)
Joseph Herzog, Univ. of Arkansas (United States)

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