Resonance Absorption of Light By Subwavelength Diffractive Gratings


Diffraction of light of a visible spectral range by subwavelength metal gratings is investigated theoretically and experimentally. The influence of different grating parameters (filling factor, shape and depth, material, angle of incidence, wavelength and polarization of radiation) on diffraction efficiency is investigated. The conditions are found under which there are only zero diffraction order and the minus first order. It is established that the zero order can be suppressed by selecting the depth and shape of the grating relief. High diffraction efficiency in the -1st order is observed with increasing depth of the grating relief (more than 70% at a depth h = 80 nm). It is shown that under certain conditions an effect of plasmon resonance occurs, at which there is a complete absorption of the incident radiation. The considered optical elements can be used in systems for image processing, projection displays, in the development of a variety of sensors, etc.

Keywords: subwavelength grating, diffraction efficiency, plasmon resonance

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