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Managing thermal emission: plasmon/photon coupling using diffractive optics technology
Author(s): S. A. Kemme; A. A. Cruz-Cabrera; D. W. Peters; A. R. Ellis; R. D Briggs; T. R. Carter; S. Samora
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Paper Abstract

We will discuss a passive thermal emission management surface that can manipulate the direction and wavelength bands of emission. We are designing and fabricating diffractive optics in materials that support surface-polariton plasmons. We use a grating in this material to couple the thermally-generated plasmons to photons. Grating parameters, such as grating depth and duty cycle, are varied to optimize the plasmon/photon coupling efficiency. The grating configuration ensures a phased, radiative response if the plasmon decay length along the surface traverses many grating periods. All of these parameters, material indices and dimensions, determine the specular and angular "shape" of emission.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 March 2008
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 6975, Enabling Photonics Technologies for Defense, Security, and Aerospace Applications IV, 697502 (27 March 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.778529
Show Author Affiliations
S. A. Kemme, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
A. A. Cruz-Cabrera, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
D. W. Peters, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
A. R. Ellis, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
R. D Briggs, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
T. R. Carter, L&M Technologies (United States)
S. Samora, L&M Technologies (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6975:
Enabling Photonics Technologies for Defense, Security, and Aerospace Applications IV
Michael J. Hayduk; Peter J. Delfyett Jr.; Andrew R. Pirich; Eric J. Donkor, Editor(s)

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