Quasi-coherent thermal emitter based on refractory plasmonic materials

Jingjing Liu, Urcan Guler, Alexei Lagutchev, Alexander Kildishev, Oana Malis, Alexandra Boltasseva, Vladimir M. Shalaev

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Abstract

The thermal emission of refractory plasmonic metamaterial - a titanium nitride 1D grating - is studied at high operating temperature (540 degrees C). By choosing a refractory material, we fabricate thermal gratings with high brightness that are emitting mid-infrared radiation centered around 3 mu m. We demonstrate experimentally that the thermal excitation of plasmon-polariton on the surface of the grating produces a well-collimated beam with a spatial coherence length of 32 lambda (angular divergence of 1.8 degrees) which is quasi-monochromatic with a full width at half maximum of 70 nm. These experimental results show good agreement with a numerical model based on a two-dimensional full-wave analysis in frequency domain. (C)2015 Optical Society of America
Original languageEnglish
JournalOptical Materials Express
Volume5
Issue number12
Pages (from-to)2721-2728
ISSN2159-3930
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Keywords

  • MATERIALS
  • OPTICS
  • BROAD-BAND
  • EMISSION
  • RADIATION
  • LIGHT
  • physics.optics

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