Metal–insulator–metal (MIM) resonant absorbers comprise a conducting ground plane, a thin dielectric, and thin separated metal top-surface structures. Long-wave infrared (LWIR) fundamental absorptions are experimentally shown to be optimized for a ratio of dielectric thickness to top-structure dimension t/l > 0.08. The fundamental resonance wavelength is predicted by different analytic standing-wave theories to be ~2nl, where n is the dielectric refractive index. Thus, for the dielectrics SiO2, AlN, and TiO2, l values of a few microns give fundamentals in the 8-12 micron LWIR wavelength region. Agreement of observed fundamental resonance wavelength with theory is better for t/l > ~0.2. Harmonics at shorter wavelengths are always observed, but we show that there are additional resonances in the far-infrared 20-50 micron wavelength range, well beyond the predicted fundamental. These appear to be due to dispersion. They may impact selectivity in spectral sensing applications.
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Evans, Rachel, "Far-Infrared Bands in Plasmonic Metal-Insulator-Metal Absorbers Optimized for Long Wave Infrared" (2018). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 6012.