Control of absorption with hyperbolic metamaterials

T.U. Tumkur, Norfolk State University
Lei Gu, Norfolk State University
J.K. Kitur, Norfolk State University
Evgenii E. Narimanov, Birck Nanotechnology Center, Purdue University
M.A. Noginov, Norfolk State University

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T. U. Tumkur, Lei Gu, J. K. Kitur, E. E. Narimanov and M. A. Noginov. Appl. Phys. Lett. 100, 161103 (2012);


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We show that absorption of thin dye-doped polymeric films can be tuned and enhanced ( nearly threefold) by metallic and lamellar metal-dielectric hyperbolic metamaterial substrates. The effect can be controlled by a combination of the substrate's geometry and composition. As the enhancement of absorption is sustained over large range of incidence angles, the demonstrated phenomenon can lead to a variety of important applications, including solar cell technology. (C) 2012 American Institute of Physics. []


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