7 December 2013 Sensitivity improvement of Schottky-type plasmonic detector
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A surface plasmon polariton (SPP) is composed of collective electron oscillations that confine optical energies in nanoscale beyond the diffraction limit. This advantage of SPPs has promoted the development of high-density optoelectronic integrated circuits (OEICs) using SPPs. Schottky-type plasmonic detectors have attracted particular attention, because these devices show sensitivity in the telecommunications wavelength range and can be integrated into Si-based electronic circuits with a simple fabrication process. We have developed an Au/Si Schottky-type plasmonic detector with nano slits that excites SPPs at the Au/Si interface. In this report, we demonstrate a novel nano-slit arrangement that provides a sensitivity improvement for the detector. Using the finite-difference time-domain method, we have shown that the highest electric field intensity in the SPP mode on the Au/Si interface is generated by positioning slits with twice the pitch of the SPP wavelength at the Au/Si interface. Using this slit pitch, a weaker SPP mode intensity on the air/Au interface and a stronger SPP mode intensity at the Au/Si interface have also been confirmed. Nano slits with different slit pitches were formed in the Au film of the detector, and the slit pitch dependence of the photocurrent was measured. The experimental results showed similar tendencies to the simulation results. This novel nano-slit arrangement can provide an efficient plasmonic detector for future high-speed data processing applications.
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Ayumi Takeda, Ayumi Takeda, Takuma Aihara, Takuma Aihara, Masashi Fukuhara, Masashi Fukuhara, Yuya Ishii, Yuya Ishii, Mitsuo Fukuda, Mitsuo Fukuda, "Sensitivity improvement of Schottky-type plasmonic detector", Proc. SPIE 8923, Micro/Nano Materials, Devices, and Systems, 89234G (7 December 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2033619; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2033619

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