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Enhanced Middle-Infrared Light Transmission Through Au/SiO x N y /Au Aperture Arrays

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The enhanced middle-infrared light transmission through Au/SiO x N y /Au aperture arrays by changing the refractive index and the thickness of a dielectric layer was studied experimentally. The results indicated that the transmission spectra was highly dependent on the refractive index and the thickness of SiO x N y . We found that the transmission peaks redshifted regularly along with the refractive index from 1.6 to 1.8, owing to the role of surface plasmon polaritons (SPP) coupling in the Au/SiO x N y /Au cascaded metallic structure. Simultaneously, a higher transmission efficiency and narrower transmission peak was obtained in Au/SiO2.1N0.3/Au cascaded metallic structure with small refractive index (1.6) than in Au/SiO0.6N1/Au cascaded metallic structure with large refractive index (1.8). When the thickness of SiO x N y changes from 0.2 to 0.4 μm, the shape of transmission spectra exhibits a large change. It was found that a higher transmission efficiency and narrower transmission peak was obtained in Au/SiO x N y /Au cascaded metallic structure with a thin dielectric film (0.2 μm), with the increase of SiO x N y film's thickness, the transmission peak gradually widened and disappeared finally. This effect is useful in applications of biochemical sensing and tunable integrated plasmonic devices in the middle-infrared region.

Keywords: AU/SIOXNY/AU APERTURE ARRAYS; REFRACTIVE INDEX OF DIELECTRIC; SPP; TRANSMISSION ENHANCEMENT

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1166/jnn.2011.4085

Publication date: December 1, 2011

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