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Integrated and spectrally selective thermal emitters enabled by layered metamaterials

Gong, Yongkang, Li, Kang, Copner, Nigel, Liu, Heng, Zhao, Meng, Zhang, Bo, Pusch, Andreas, Huffaker, Diana L. ORCID: and Oh, Sang Soon ORCID: 2021. Integrated and spectrally selective thermal emitters enabled by layered metamaterials. Nanophotonics 10 (4) , pp. 1285-1293. 10.1515/nanoph-2020-0578

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Nanophotonic engineering of light-matter interaction at subwavelength scale allows thermal radiation that is fundamentally different from that of traditional thermal emitters and provides exciting opportunities for various thermal-photonic applications. We propose a new kind of integrated and electrically controlled thermal emitter that exploits layered metamaterials with lithography-free and dielectric/metallic nanolayers. We demonstrate both theoretically and experimentally that the proposed concept can create a strong photonic bandgap in the visible regime and allow small impedance mismatch at the infrared wavelengths, which gives rise to optical features of significantly enhanced emissivity at the broad infrared wavelengths of 1.4-14 um as well as effectively suppressed emissivity in the visible region. The electrically driven metamaterial devices are optically and thermally stable at temperature up to ~800 K with electro-optical conversion efficiency reaching ~30%. We believe that the proposed high efficiency thermal emitters will pave the way towards integrated infrared light source platforms for various thermal-photonic applications and particularly provide a novel alternative for cost-effective, compact, low glare, and energy-efficient infrared heating.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Physics and Astronomy
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
ISSN: 2192-8614
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 10 December 2020
Date of Acceptance: 5 December 2020
Last Modified: 05 Aug 2023 15:01

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