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Proceedings 2017, 1(4), 558; doi:10.3390/proceedings1040558

Metasurface-Based THz Dual-Band Absorber Sensor for the Measurement of Refractive Index Variations of Chemical and Biological Substances

Department of Industrial and Information Engineering and Economics, University of L’Aquila, 67100 L’Aquila AQ, Italy
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, Korea
Presented at the Eurosensors 2017 Conference, Paris, France, 3–6 September 2017.
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Published: 16 August 2017
(This article belongs to the Proceedings of Eurosensors 2017)
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In this paper we report on the results of the simulations of the electromagnetic properties of a metasurface composed of a 2D-array of plasmonic nanoantennas acting as polarisation insensitive dual band THz perfect absorber able to achieve absorption coefficients and quality factors up to 99.6% and 122, respectively. The 2D-array is designed on top of a polyimide flexible film separating it from an Ag ground layer. The plasmonic nanoantenna is composed of two Ag quadrangular rings and an Ag diamond-shape dot is placed at their geometrical centre. The absorption resonances show a linear frequency shift with respect to variations of the refractive index of transparent substances adsorbed on the metasurface. This allows the dual-band absorber to be employed as a sensor of the chemical/physical modifications taking place on the substance. In particular, in terms of the refractive index units, the sensor based on the dual-band absorber can achieve sensitivities up to 310 GHz/RIU.
Keywords: THz perfect absorber; functionalised metasurfaces; plasmonic sensors THz perfect absorber; functionalised metasurfaces; plasmonic sensors
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Janneh, M.; Marcellis, A.D.; Palange, E.; Tenggara, A.T.; Byun, D. Metasurface-Based THz Dual-Band Absorber Sensor for the Measurement of Refractive Index Variations of Chemical and Biological Substances. Proceedings 2017, 1, 558.

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