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Polarized thermal radiation by layer-by-layer metallic emitters with sub-wavelength grating
Optics Express
  • Jae-Hwang Lee, Iowa State University
  • Wai Y. Leung, Iowa State University
  • Tae Guen Kim, Korea University
  • Kristen P. Constant, Iowa State University
  • Kai-Ming Ho, Iowa State University
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Metallic thermal emitters consisting of two layers of differently structured nickel gratings on a homogeneous nickel layer are fabricated by soft lithography and studied for polarized thermal radiation. A thermal emitter in combination with a sub-wavelength grating shows a high extinction ratio, with a maximum value close to 5, in a wide mid-infrared range from 3.2 to 7.8 µm, as well as high emissivity up to 0.65 at a wavelength of 3.7µm. All measurements show good agreement with theoretical predictions. Numerical simulations reveal that a high electric field exists within the localized air space surrounded by the gratings and the intensified electric-field is only observed for the polarizations perpendicular to the top sub-wavelength grating. This result suggests how the emissivity of a metal can be selectively enhanced at a certain range of wavelengths for a given polarization.


This article is from Optics Express 16 (2008): 8742–8747, doi:10.1364/OE.16.008742. Posted with permission.

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Jae-Hwang Lee, Wai Y. Leung, Tae Guen Kim, Kristen P. Constant, et al.. "Polarized thermal radiation by layer-by-layer metallic emitters with sub-wavelength grating" Optics Express Vol. 16 Iss. 12 (2008) p. 8742 - 8747
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