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Plasmonics Induced Multifunction Optical Device via Hoof-Shaped Subwavelength Structure

Center of Material Science, National University of Defense Technology, Changsha 410073, China
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Appl. Sci. 2020, 10(8), 2713; https://doi.org/10.3390/app10082713
Received: 29 February 2020 / Revised: 8 April 2020 / Accepted: 9 April 2020 / Published: 15 April 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue 3D Nanostructured Materials and Devices)
The electromagnetic spectrum includes the frequency range (spectrum) of electromagnetic radiation and its corresponding wavelength and energy. Due to the unique properties of different frequency ranges of the electromagnetic spectrum, a series of functional devices working in each frequency rang have been proposed. Here, we propose a periodic subwavelength hoof-shaped structure array, which contains a variety of geometric configurations, including U-shaped and rectangle structures. The results show that the enhanced optical transmission (EOT) effect of the surface plasmon excited by the hoof-shaped structure is highly sensitive to the polarization of the incident light, which leads to the peak’s location shift and the amplitude intensity variety of transmission peaks of U-shaped structure in the case of coupling based on the surface plasmon of rectangle structure. In addition, take advantage of the EOT effect realized in the periodic hoof-shaped structure array, we propose a multifunctional plasmon optical device in the infrared range. By adjusting the polarization angle of the incident light, the functions of the optical splitter in the near-infrared range and the optical switch in the mid-infrared range are realized. Moreover, with the changes of the polarization angle, different proportions of optical intensities split are realized. The device has theoretically confirmed the feasibility of designing multifunctional integrated devices through a hoof-shaped-based metamaterial nanostructure, which provides a broad prospect for the extensive use of multiple physical mechanisms in the future to achieve numerous functions in simple nanostructures. View Full-Text
Keywords: plasmonic optical device; enhanced optical transmission; interaction between light and metallic film; coupled mode theory plasmonic optical device; enhanced optical transmission; interaction between light and metallic film; coupled mode theory
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Wen, K.; Zhang, Z.; Jiang, X.; He, J.; Yang, J. Plasmonics Induced Multifunction Optical Device via Hoof-Shaped Subwavelength Structure. Appl. Sci. 2020, 10, 2713.

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