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Terahertz spectroscopy of two-dimensional subwavelength plasmonic structures
Author(s): Abul K. Azad; Hou-Tong Chen; Antoinette J. Taylor; John F. O'Hara; Jiaguang Han; Xinchao Lu; Weili Zhang
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Paper Abstract

The fascinating properties of plasmonic structures have had significant impact on the development of next generation ultracompact photonic and optoelectronic components. We study two-dimensional plasmonic structures functioning at terahertz frequencies. Resonant terahertz response due to surface plasmons and dipole localized surface plasmons were investigated by the state-of-the-art terahertz time domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) using both transmission and reflection configurations. Extraordinary terahertz transmission was demonstrated through the subwavelength metallic hole arrays made from good conducting metals as well as poor metals. Metallic arrays made from Pb, generally a poor metal, and having optically thin thicknesses less than one-third of a skin depth also contributed in enhanced THz transmission. A direct transition of a surface plasmon resonance from a photonic crystal minimum was observed in a photo-doped semiconductor array. Electrical controls of the surface plasmon resonances by hybridization of the Schottky diode between the metallic grating and the semiconductor substrate are investigated as a function of the applied reverse bias. In addition, we have demonstrated photo-induced creation and annihilation of surface plasmons with appropriate semiconductors at room temperature. According to the Fano model, the transmission properties are characterized by two essential contributions: resonant excitation of surface plasmons and nonresonant direct transmission. Such plasmonic structures may find fascinating applications in terahertz imaging, biomedical sensing, subwavelength terahertz spectroscopy, tunable filters, and integrated terahertz devices.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 February 2009
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 7214, Ultrafast Phenomena in Semiconductors and Nanostructure Materials XIII, 72140Z (6 February 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.811194
Show Author Affiliations
Abul K. Azad, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Hou-Tong Chen, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Antoinette J. Taylor, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
John F. O'Hara, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Jiaguang Han, Oklahoma State Univ. (United States)
Xinchao Lu, Oklahoma State Univ. (United States)
Weili Zhang, Oklahoma State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7214:
Ultrafast Phenomena in Semiconductors and Nanostructure Materials XIII
Kong-Thon Tsen; Jin-Joo Song; Markus Betz; Abdulhakem Y. Elezzabi, Editor(s)

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