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Sensors 2018, 18(11), 3714;

Nano-Antenna Coupled Infrared Detector Design

School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 14300 Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Electrical Engineering Department, King Saud University, Riyadh 11421, Saudi Arabia
School of Physics, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 11800 Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Mechanical Engineering Department, Qassim University, Buraydah 51452, Saudi Arabia
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Received: 15 August 2018 / Revised: 12 September 2018 / Accepted: 14 September 2018 / Published: 31 October 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Physical Sensors)
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Since the 1940s, infrared (IR) detection and imaging at wavelengths in the two atmospheric windows of 3 to 5 and 8 to 14 μm has been extensively researched. Through several generations, these detectors have undergone considerable developments and have found use in various applications in different fields including military, space science, medicine and engineering. For the most recently proposed generation, these detectors are required to achieve high-speed detection with spectral and polarization selectivity while operating at room temperature. Antenna coupled IR detectors appear to be the most promising candidate to achieve these requirements and has received substantial attention from research in recent years. This paper sets out to present a review of the antenna coupled IR detector family, to explore the main concepts behind the detectors as well as outline their critical and challenging design considerations. In this context, the design of both elements, the antenna and the sensor, will be presented individually followed by the challenging techniques in the impedance matching between both elements. Some hands-on fabrication techniques will then be explored. Finally, a discussion on the coupled IR detector is presented with the aim of providing some useful insights into promising future work. View Full-Text
Keywords: antenna coupled detector; nano-antenna; bolometer; MOM diode antenna coupled detector; nano-antenna; bolometer; MOM diode

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Mubarak, M.H.; Sidek, O.; Abdel-Rahman, M.R.; Mustaffa, M.T.; Mustapa Kamal, A.S.; Mukras, S.M. Nano-Antenna Coupled Infrared Detector Design. Sensors 2018, 18, 3714.

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