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Enhancing the Responsivity of Uncooled Infrared Detectors Using Plasmonics for High-Performance Infrared Spectroscopy

Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB T2N 1N4, Canada
Center for BioMicrosystems, Korea Institute of Science and Technology, Seoul 02792, Korea
Department of Medical Biotechnology, Dongguk University, Seoul 10326, Korea
Department of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Kyung Hee University, Seoul 02447, Korea
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Academic Editors: Stephane Evoyn and Baris Fidan
Sensors 2017, 17(4), 908;
Received: 1 March 2017 / Revised: 15 April 2017 / Accepted: 18 April 2017 / Published: 20 April 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue State-of-the-Art Sensors Technology in Canada 2017)
A lead zirconate titanate (PZT;Pb(Zr0.52Ti0.48)O3) layer embedded infrared (IR) detector decorated with wavelength-selective plasmonic crystals has been investigated for high-performance non-dispersive infrared (NDIR) spectroscopy. A plasmonic IR detector with an enhanced IR absorption band has been designed based on numerical simulations, fabricated by conventional microfabrication techniques, and characterized with a broadly tunable quantum cascade laser. The enhanced responsivity of the plasmonic IR detector at specific wavelength band has improved the performance of NDIR spectroscopy and pushed the limit of detection (LOD) by an order of magnitude. In this paper, a 13-fold enhancement in the LOD of a methane gas sensing using NDIR spectroscopy is demonstrated with the plasmonic IR detector. View Full-Text
Keywords: plasmonics; infrared detector; MEMS; gas sensing plasmonics; infrared detector; MEMS; gas sensing
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Ahmed, A.S.; Kim, H.J.; Kim, J.; Hwang, K.S.; Kim, S. Enhancing the Responsivity of Uncooled Infrared Detectors Using Plasmonics for High-Performance Infrared Spectroscopy. Sensors 2017, 17, 908.

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