University of Tehran
College of Engineering
School of Electrical and
University of Tehran
College of Engineering
School of Electrical
And Computer Engineering
As Optical Perfect Absorbers
Spring 2012 - 2013
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I. Introduction 3
II. EM Wave Absorber 3
II.a Resonant Absorbers 4
II.b BroadBand Absorbers 4
II.c Near Unity Absorber 4
III.EM Wave Absorber Theory 5
III.a Fresnel Equations 6
IV.Metamaterial Perfect Absorbers 9
IV.a Simulation 9
IV.b Fabrication 10
IV.c Characterization 10
IV.d Applications 10
V. Recent Papers 11
VII. References 23
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Metamaterial as Optical
Sepehr Ahmadzadeh – 810188299
Photonic Research Lab
University of Tehran
Abstract – The following report describes the history, theory, implementation and characterization of
metamaterial perfect absorbers (MPAs). The motivation for studying MPAs comes mainly from their use in
potential applications. These applications briefly include: emitters, sensors, spatial light modulators, IR
camouflage, use in thermophotovoltaics, and wireless communication. MPAs also provide insight into the
theory of metamaterials (MMs) as an effective medium where the designer can control the electromagnetic
properties by engineering the geometry. Also using artificial materials as perfect optical absorbers are
discussed and some recent papers in the area have been introduced.
Keywords – Optical perfect absorber, Metamaterial, perfect absorber, Effective medium, Electromagnetic,
Metamaterials are artificial materials engineered for specific electric and magnetic responses. Since
the first attempts for designing metamaterials new applications of such materials have been proposed.
For example, Absorbers are devices in which incident radiation is absorbed at the operating frequency.
Near unity absorption is one the hot topics of this modern world because it has several applications such
as solar cell materials, photodetectors, selectivee thermal emmiters, detection and sensing,
microbolometers, integrated photonic circuits and other things. In the following sections, first some
basics about EM wave absorbers and types of them are discussed. Then in section III, the basic theory of
EM wave absorption is discussed and then in section IV, metamaterial perfect absorbers will be
introduced and finally, some recent papers in the area will be covered.
II. EM WAVE ABSORBER
Electromagnetic (EM) wave absorbers can be categorized into two types: resonant absorbers and
broadband absorbers . Resonant absorbers rely on the material interacting with the incident radiation
in a resonant way at a specific frequency, (where the wavelength corresponding to is =
and c is the speed of light in vacuum). Broadband absorbers generally rely on materials whose properties
are frequency independent and therefore can absorb radiation over a large bandwidth.
2.1 Resonant Absorbers
Resonant absorbers have utilized, for the most part, multiple layers separated by a quarter of the
operation wavelength. In transmission line theory, a metal plate acts like a short circuit, and when it is
placed behind any sort of “load,” will act like an open circuit at the resistive sheet (i.e. conductance G
= 0). Therefore, the incident wave sees just the admittance of the resistive sheet. When the load
impedance matches free space, the reflectivity goes to zero.With the addition of loss, high absorption can
be achieved. Initial interests in electromagnetic wave absorbers were largely in the microwave range.
The usefulness of absorbers in both improving radar performance and providing concealment against
others’ radar systems was utilized as a military technique.
Two well known scientists who developed EM absorbers are W. W. Salisbury and J. Jaumann,
who independently created similar devices. One such device, known as the Salisbury screen, is a basic
example of the resonant absorber mentioned above. A resistive sheet is placed in front of a metal
ground plane, usually separated by some lossless dielectric. The effective open circuit creates R( ) =
off the resistive layer.
The Jaumann absorber can conceptually be considered an extension of the Salisbury screen which
consists of two or more resistive sheets in front of a single ground plane. All sheets are designed to
operate at a distinct wavelength, and thus each sheet is separated by approximately λ/4, producing
multiple reflection minimums around some center frequency . The effect is that it acts as a resonant
absorber over multiple wavelengths, achieving a broadband response.
The Dällenbach layer employs a different mechanism than the Salisbury screen; its design consists of
a homogeneous layer in front of a ground plane. The homogeneous layer is selected for particular loss
values resulting from the imaginary portions of the electric permittivity and the magnetic permeability.
The idea is to impedance match to free space as to minimize the reflection of the surface and then utilize
the loss in the homogeneous layer to absorb the incident radiation.
Another type of resonant electromagnetic wave absorber, known as the crossed grating absorber, uses
a reflective metal plane with an etched shallow periodic grid which is shown in Fig.1.
Fig. 1. Crossed grating Absorbers
A resonance is created due to the interaction between the periodic grid and incident radiation, creating
a period of anomalous diffraction.  It was shown that anomalous diffraction is correlated to periods of
2.2 Broadband Absorbers
One example of a broadband absorber is a geometric transition absorber. These devices are most
commonly used in anechoic chambers. The idea is to create a slowly varying transition from free space
into a lossy material using shapes such as pyramids or wedges loaded with lossy material which is
shown if Fig.2.
Fig.2 Geometric Transition Absorber
This way reflectivity is minimized and the wave is gradually absorbed over the length of the shaped
geometry. By using a thick layer of this material, one can generate enough loss to create high
2.3 Near Unity Absorber (Perfect Absorbers)
A near unity absorber is a device in which all incident radiation is absorbed at the operating
frequency– transmissivity, reflectivity, scattering and all other EM propagation channels are disabled.
What happens in optical frequency regime? One of the most important issues in this frequency band is
material’s transparency against light. Therefore, scientists seek a way to change the material in order to
have a perfect absorption and zero transmission or reflection. Artificial materials are engineerd structures
which can be used for this purpose. Hence, in this report we introduce metamaterial perfect absorbers
and the theory behind them. But first, let me explain a little about the theory of EM wave absorption in
III. Electromagnetic Wave Absorption Theory
We begin by considering all possible ways in which electromagnetic energy can propagate at an
interface. Electromagnetic waves incident upon a boundary or surface may be reflected, transmitted,
absorbed, scattered, or may excite surface electromagnetic waves (SEWs). Let us consider wavelengths
in the range of , and assume that the surface has an average roughness that is much smaller than the
wavelength, ≪ such that we may ignore scattering effects. The surface may also support plasmons
or, more generally, surface electromagnetic waves, which may be explored by considering their
propagation length, often described as L = , where k is the imaginary part of the complex
wavevector k|| = k + ik . It is clear that it is impossible to clarify if an external electromagnetic wave
can couple to a surface and propagate as a SEW even if the plasmon propagation length L is known.
Usually, researchers propose a figure of merit which is shown below:
Obviously the figure of merit presented describes how much our incident wavevector matches the
dispersion of our surface k , and considers the loss k of the surface for propagation of the SEW.
Clearly, W reduces to L if k = k .
If k is sufficiently large, generation of surface electromagneticnetic waves may be a form of
loss but the SEW may re-radiate the wave if, e.g. our surface is curved. Thus, assuming we have a flat
surface such that any SEWs or plasmons die out before re-scattering, we may then finally resolve that a
wave may be reflected (R), transmitted (T), or absorbed (A), with their relationship given as A = 1–T–
3.1 Fresnel Equations
Let us consider two cases; (1) a slab of thickness d of magneto-dielectric medium described by both
the magnetic permeability ( ) = ( ) and the electric permittivity ( ) = ( ) and backed
by a highly conductive opaque metallic ground plane. (2) A slab of thickness d of a magneto-dielectric
medium embedded in a vaccum.
For Case (1), since we consider a highly conductive metallic ground plane, transmission can be
neglected and we begin by considering the reflectivity (R) and reflection coefficient (r) of an interface,
for transverse electric (TE) and transverse magnetic (TM) polarized waves as,
= | | =
− √ −
+ √ −
= | | =
− √ −
+ √ −
Where θ is the angle of incidence, and is the index of refraction of the magneto-dielectric
medium. If we restrict our incident electromagnetic wave to normal, i.e. θ = 0°, equations above reduce
Where Z is the impedance of the magneto-dielectric material and is the impedance of free space.
However, as mentioned, our impedance matched condition above is only valid for the reflectivity of an
interface and thus incident radiation may still be transmitted through the medium. If our material is not
of sufficient thickness (d) and loss ( ) then the wave will be reflected from the conducting metallic
plane and may be reflected back into free space. A simple unit cell of this type absorber is shown in
Fig.3. This structure is suggested by Smith  in 2008 and it is a unit cell which is
operating at microwave regime.
Fig.3 magneto-electric unit cell consisting of an ERR combined with a metallic ground plane–polarization
In general, we can assume absorbers in two cases. Therefore, it is logical to present their
absorption, transmission and reflection coefficients in the way shown in Fig.4. . In the figure we plot
results of Case (i): the reflectivity (green curve), transmissivity (blue curve), and the absorptivity (red
curve); in this figure the magneto-dielectric layer is shown. As can be observed is zero everywhere,
but is small and thus the absorptivity is near unity.
The second case is magneto dielectric material in air and without any ground plane. The reflection and
transmission coefficients for this matieral are given by
is the relative impedance of the medium which is . Note that in this case there is no reflection due
to matching between the material and free space but unlike case (1) there is transmission. Therefore, we
can write equations as shown below:
As you can see in this figure, absorption and transmission is shown in figure ( c ) which is related to
magneto-dielectric material embedded in the vaccum. But there is no reflection due to impedance
matching between the material and the free space. As it mentioned above is related to and .
Hence, by assuming large and we have a little transmission in a desired frequency. It is obvious
that, in order to have a perfect absorber in optical regime, it is necessary to have small values of
because is big and their multiplication has to be a small value.
In both cases, the absorptivity is narrow band and out of this band the electromagnetic wave is
reflected in case 1 or transmitted in case 2.
IV. Metamaterial Perfect Absorbers
Using Metamaterials as perfect absorbers is a logical option approximately in all frequency regimes.
Because of their subwavelength engineerd structure and their ability to design effective constitutive
parameters, they can be used to achieve desired results.
In order to have a wide band absorption, using lossy materials is necessary. Thus, finding a way to
design a wide band perfect absorber is one the most crucial characteristics which attract researchers. For
example, solar cells could be more practical if their absorbing material functions in a wider band of
frequency. Using multistructures as a resonant part of a design, can help the metamaterials to resonance
at various frequencies and absorb better in a wider band.
Another performance flexibility which is important for scientists is polarization of the incident
wave which absorbed by the material. Nowadays, independency of the polarization is the goal.
Polarization independent magnetic metamaterials were first proposed for near infrared frequencies as
a means to eliminate bianisotropy by appealing to racemic mixtures of unit cells. Another work proposed
that chiral metamaterials could achieve polarization independent absorption.
Angle of incidence is in a high priority too. Wide angle absorption is a characteristic which can help
engineers to design high performance solar cells, accurate sensors and so on. Most of the studies noted
that a monotonic decrease in the absorptivity at resonance for TE modes as a function of incidence angle
for those above roughly 40°, whereas there was little change for the TM mode–at least below ∼80 °. It
was stated in multiple studies that this is due to the fact that, as the incident angle increases, the
parallel magnetic field component approaches zero and thus can no longer effectively induce antiparallel
currents in the top MM layer and the back metal structure resulting in a drop in the magnetic flux.
Metamaterial perfect absorbers, similar to other metamaterials, are composed of repeating unit cells
arranged in two or three dimensional periodic structures. The periodic array can be precisely modeled by
simulation of one unit cell with the knowledge of material properties and the assignment of appropriate
excitations (i.e., ports) and boundary conditions. One advantage of MPA simulation is that an optimized
structure can be designed and the behavior predicted without unnecessary fabrication iterations. Also,
due to the accuracy of the simulation techniques, there is generally a good match between simulated and
experimental results if the material properties are well known. Among the simulation programs, CST
Microwave studio, HFSS, and Comsol are some of the most common. Metal is one critical part of MPAs
which affects the resonating behavior. Therefore, good knowledge of metal properties in simulation is
essential to obtain trustable results. At low frequencies, such as microwaves, metals such as gold and
copper are modeled as good conductors with a particular value for the conductivity. However, when
simulating metamaterials at higher frequencies, such as infrared or optical, metals tend to be lossier and
the Drude model is often used to reproduce their frequency dependent optical properties. Simulations
also provide the phase information of and . Together with the amplitude, the effective permittivity
and permeability can be calculated for a MPA.
MPAs that operate in the microwave frequency range are normally fabricated using the printed
circuit board (PCB) method in which a certain thickness of copper is deposited on both sides of a
photosensitized board, FR-4 being a common example. Since, in this frequency range, the sizes of
metamaterial resonators are relative large, i.e. on the order of millimeters with the smallest
dimensionapproximately 100 μ m, a photo mask can simply be printed on a transparency using a high
resolution printer. After exposing to light, developing, and the post etching process, MPAs with a
patternon one or both sides can be fabricated. Since the resonance of a metamaterial scales with the
size of the operational wavelength, by moving to a higher frequency the size of the resonator becomes
smaller, which requires higher precision fabrication techniques. Many studies on MPAs have been
carried out in the THz range due to the many interesting properties and possible applications at these
frequencies. In this range, metamaterial resonators are on the order of tens of microns with a smallest
feature size of several microns. For these sizes, photolithography is the most effective manner of
fabrication. Fabricating the MPA at higher frequencies surpasses the capability of photolithography
and thus requires a technique with a higher resolution. It has been demonstrated that MPAs operating in
the infrared and visible range are best fabricated using techniques such as e-beam lithography and
focused ion beam (FIB). These methods are capable of making structures with sizes that are on the order
of tens of nanometers.
Different techniques are used to characterize the performance of MPAs at different frequencies. In the
microwave range, characterization is usually carried out in a microwave anechoic chamber where horn
antennas, connected to a vector network analyzer, detect reflected and transmitted microwaves from a
sample. Terahertz time domain spectroscopy (TDS) is another powerful tool to characterize
theperformance of MPAs, especially at THz frequencies. By Fourier transforming the time pulse from
the sample and reference, both amplitude and phase information can be obtained. Fourier transform
infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy is the most frequently used method to characterize MPAs working in
ranges higher than microwave and covers an extremely broad spectrum ranging from THz to visible.
Other than their rich ability as a platform to study fundamental electromagnetic wave theory,
MPAs offer a wide variety of practical applications.
Because MPAs are tunable with respect to their operational wavelength, they can be used as
spectrally sensitive detectors or sensors. Much work has done in both integrating MPAs into existing
designs and creating novel devices based on MPAs to provide detection and sensing throughout the
electromagnetic spectrum. Microbolometers are a type of thermal detector in which incident
electromagnetic radiation is absorbed by a material and then sensed by a thermometer.
There are a multitude of other applications for MPAs. absorbers in the millimeter range could be
used for radar sensors for adaptive cruise control. MPAs have been postulated to be useful in
integrated photonic circuits, spectroscopy and imaging and so on.
V. Recent Papers
In this section we discuss about some recent papaers and researches about metamaterial perfect
absorbers and then cover the performance flexibility and some other issues which was mentioned before
and it was crucial in designing EM wave absorbers.
5.1 Wide-angle infrared absorber based on negative index plasmonic metamaterial 
In this paper, the author proposed an approach to design a perfect absorber which has wide angle
absorption in infrared frequency band. It is shown analytically that a sub-wavelength in all three
dimensions enables absorption of close to 100% for incidence angles up to 45 deg to the normal.
The structure proposed in this paper is useful for wavelength-selective infrared and THz detection
which is important for thermal imaging, night vision systems and non-destructive detection. Wide-angle
power absorption efficiency is desirable for miniaturizing photodetectorsor microbolometers down to the
Consider a semi-infinite slab of a lossy metamaterial with engineered dielectric permittivity and
magnetic permeability tensors ε and μ. Radiation is assumed to be incident in the x−z plane at an angle θ
with respect to the vacuum-material interface normal. Therefore, relevant components of constitutive
parameters are , and . For our semi-infinite slab (assuming that the metamaterial’s thickness
is sufficient to absorb all transmitted radiation), absorptivity A is limited only by reflection. A
straightforward calculation yields the reflection and absorption.
Note that Lossy material causes that elimination of transmission in this structure. By assuming = 0
it is obvious that absorber’s material impedance is equal to
. Hence, if in a specific wavelength
= and if we can consider = 1 then A ≈ 1 − tan (
). Therefore, it can be assumed that
between 0 and the absorption is more than 97%. Matching between the structure and air causes zero
reflectivity and also by using taylor series it is obvious that between a specific angles, aborptivitty is
high. Their proposed structure is shown in Fig.5. Each unit cell consists of two parallel layers separated
by the distance ℎ . Electromagnetic resonances in effective permittivity and magnetic permeability of
plasmonic composites are unambiguously related to the electrostatic surface plasmon resonances of the
appropriate symmetry (electric dipole and magnetic dipole, correspondingly). Wire-strip loops
participate in magnetic field and both of them also participate in Electrical field.
Fig.5. PIMNIM Structure. Unit cell for electromagnetic and electrostatic simulations isinside the dashed rectangles.
Angular dependence of the absorption coefficient is shown in the Fig.7. This structure was only
simulated by commercial programs such as HFSS or CST. In this paper they use CST for their
simulation. And their result for absorption, transmission and reflection and constitutive parameters is
Fig.6 Constitutive Parameters
Fig.7 Angular dependence of the absorption coefficient for the idealized structure
Fig.8 Absorption, Reflection and Transmission Coefficients
Also you can find the dimensions of the structure here:
5.2 Optically thin composite resonant absorber at the near infrared band: a polarization independent and
spectrally broadband configuration 
The proposed absorber in this paper electrically and magntecialy is perfectly matched to free space.
Therefore, there is no reflection from the surface to the air. Mainly, it consists of 4 layers which is a
metal back plate, dielectric spacer and two artificial layers respectively. Hence, it can be assumed as a
case (1) EM wave absorber which was mentioned in part II. The most important characteristic of this
structure is the broad band performance and independency of polarization. Also due to the
subwavelength unit cell, incident wave support wide angles. This kind of absorber can be used in
thermal photovoltaic, sensors and camouflage applications.
The structure is shown in Fig.9.
Fig.9 Geometry and schematic of the absorber design. The absorber consists of an array of magnetic resonators placed on
top of a thin dielectric. The wave vector (k) of the incident field is in the ̶ z-direction and the electric field (E) is in the y-
They fabricated this structure and test it with spectrometer with free space method and the result
which was reported in the paper is shown in Fig.10. The numerical simulation was performed using CST
The resonators which are used were from gold and up to this point the normal incidence and
single polarization is supported. But they modified their structure and add this capability to support
various angles and polarizations.
It is also stated that the magnetic response of the metamaterial layer is independent of the back
metal and high absorbance is present for multiple dielectric spacer thicknesses that may be desired for
specific applications. As we increased the dielectric layer thickness, the absorption magnitude shows an
oscillatory behavior, and the maxima and minima depend on the surface impedance variation of the
metamaterial layer. The magnetic resonance frequency of the individual SRRs strongly depend on
the resonator arm length (L). By changing L, we can change the resonance frequency considerably,
which is one of the reasons for the wide bandwidth response in the experiments as large parametric
variations for L were present at the fabricated samples.
Fig.10 Numerical and experimental data of absorbance derived from scattering parameters. The blue dotted line
corresponds to gold-only SRR layer performance. The SEM image of a section of the printed area and an example SRR
are shown on the right
By modifying the sample and rotate nano structures same as the Fig.11. it is possible to have wide-
angle absorption and polarization independency. They added a resistive sheet (thin titanium) layer
between the metamaterial and dielectric layers. The three layer configuration composed of resistive
sheet, dielectric spacer, and back metal itself behaves as a resonant absorber. By changing the thickness
of the titanium layer, its electrical surface impedance can be tuned. In order to obtain wide bandwidth
operation, the resistive sheet resonant absorption wavelength and metamaterial layer resonant
absorption wavelength can be combined. They merged the two structures and the composite absorber
thereby had a larger bandwidth than the two individual cases. In order to achieve polarization
independence, we changed the unit cell so that it is now composed of 4 SRRs. There are elements
parallel to the y-direction and other elements that are parallel to the x-direction. They saw that the
simulated absorption spectra for the incident wave polarization of 45° is the same as the polarization
angles 0°and 90°, which clearly proves the polarization independent response.
Fig.9 Polarization independent response and corresponding unit cell
Fig.10. Simulated absorption response of the SRR based metamaterial absorber for several incidence angles
For the oblique illumination they investigated the incidence angles of 20°, 40°, 60°, and 80° in the x-z
and y-z planes. Fig.10. shows the spectral response for several angles of incidence: the peak absorption
frequency changes and remains more than 70%, and up to a 60° angle of incidence. For oblique
illumination, the excitation of SRRs is partially electrically and partially magnetically originated. There
was a slight shift of the operation frequency that slightly decreased the operation bandwidth. Even
though the operation frequency of the absorber changed slightly, the absorption values remained large
for up to 60° at the x-y and y-z planes.
5.3 Optical metamaterial absorber based on leaf-shaped cells 
In this paper the authors presented the model of an infrared metamaterialabsorber composed of
metallic leaf-shaped cells, dielectric substrate, and continuous metallic film which has absorptivity more
than 99.3 % at the 126.7 Thz and support different incident angles and radiation modes.
Note that this structure is kind of random nano structures which can be fabricated only by
electrochemical decomposition techniques which is a chemical process. According to author postulate, it
can be used in applications such as IR imaging systems, thermal bolometers, and optical bi-stable
switches. Fig.11. shows the schematic illustration of leaf-shaped metamaterial absorber. From the
inspiration of natural existed leaf as shown in Fig.11(c), they design and fabricate a similar structure
shown in Fig.11(a). For EM wave normal incidence (Fig.11), the continuous trunks of the leafshaped
cells behave as an array of periodical wires , supplying the electric coupling to incidentEfield. The
magnetic coupling is created by the antiparallel currents between the metal leaf and metal film response
to the incident Hfield. We will show, in this paper, these two resonances could be well overlapped in the
given frequency range if appropriately modulating the geometrical parameters, and it may be able to
realize almost complete absorption to the incident electromagnetic wave. In the paper first they simulate
and experiment the structure for microwave regime then they fabricate the nano structre for optical
regime. Due to self-scalable ability of metamaterials it is a correct decision. The results is shown in
Fig.12. and Fig.13. If the dimensions of the proposed structure are reduced down to nanoscale, the
structure will give perfect absorption at optical frequency. Figure 11(d) shows the infrared metamaterial
prepared with a chemical deposition method. Metamaterial absorber could be prepared with the similar
method that combines with a thin silver film.
Fig 11. (a) The schematic illustration of the leaf-shaped based metamaterial absorber model, (b) the unit cell of the leaf
shaped configuration, and definition of the geometry parameters, (c) scheme of natural existed leaf, (d) the silver leaf-
shaped cell fabricated with electrochemical deposition
Fig 12. TheS11(a) and absorptivity (b) of the microwave metamaterial absorber from simulations and microwave
Fig 13. TheSparameter (a) and absorptivity (b) of the infrared metamaterial absorber from simulation
The S parameters of the optical metamaterial are numerically simulated. In Fig.13 (a), you could find
that the S11 has a sudden dip near the frequency of 126.7 THz, the minimum of which is -25.1dB. The
S21 (the amplitude of transmission) is all below -20 dB at the whole wavelength reign, and get -24.6dB
at 126.7 THz.
In this case, the absorptivity could be calculated as A(ω) = 1-10×exp(S11/10)-10×exp(S21/10), and
the result is shown in Fig.13(b). We could find the absorptivity as high as 99.3% and is achieved for this
metamaterial close to the frequency of 126.7 THz. The result shows clearly the viability of using silver
leaf-shaped cells to build metamaterial absorber at infrared frequencies if it combines with additional
continuous silver film.
6.3 Perfect absorbers on curved surfaces and their potential applications 
In this paper, the author presented a curved surface metamaterial absorber which it can be used in
applications such as suppression of back-scattered light from covered objects and clocked it in
reflection, optical black holes and suppression of spurious back-scattered light for example in
Radar absorbers. In this paper just simulation is done and the structure is assumed from flexible
polymer film. The structure is periodic in y-direction with periodicity P and is infinitely extended in
z-direction. We assumed that the dielectric deposited onto the metal is characterized by = 2.25
reflecting the properties of SiO2. The ground plate and the metallic wires are assumed to be made
from silver. The structure is shown in Fig.14. Since the operational domain should be in the near-
infrared, the thickness of the ground plate is set to be 200nm. The perfect absorber is optimized such
that reflection is negligible (R~0) when an antisymmetric resonance is excited in the coupled system
made from the nanowire and the ground plate. Therefore, the absorption of the perfect absorber is
close to unity (A=1−T−R~1).
Fig.14. Geometry and illumination under consideration(a) Schematic of a planar perfect metamaterial
absorber. (b) Schematic of the perfect metamaterial absorber on a curved surface. Geometrical parameters
are chosen according to dfilm=200 nm,tgap=10 nm, twire=10 nm, L=125 nm,P=200 nm, Rdie=8.2μm. The
structure illuminated by TM polarized plane wave and the magnetic filed is always along the infinite
nanowires i.e. z direction.
To quantify the optical response, the two-dimensional scattering cross sections (SCSs) of the cylinder
with and without perfect absorbing cover are shown in Fig.15(d). The total SCS of the cylinder coincides
with the absorption cross section at resonance frequency as suggested by the principle of critical
coupling. The back-scattering cross section of the covered cylinder compared to the dielectric cylinder is
significantly suppressed at resonance and even indistinguishable from zero on a linear scale. Hence, the
proposed device can reduce the back-scattering significantly at the design frequency. Obviously, the
total SCS at resonance frequency is then equal to the forward SCS that can be easily extracted while
subtracting the backward SCS from the total SCS.
Fig.15. Optical response of the perfect metamaterial absorber on planar and curved surface.(a) Hz-
component and Jy- component at resonance frequency f =232 (b) Absorption of the planar absorberas a
function of frequency and the angle of incidence. (c)Hz- component at resonance for a plane wave incident at
an absorber on curved surface. (d) Cross sections per unit length of the absorber on curved surface (solid
lines) and a referential dielectric cylinder (dashed lines). The figure shows the total and the backward
scattering cross section as well as the absorption cross section (all per unit length).
In this review report first we introduce EM wave absorbers and describe the necessity of using them
and name some applications. Then we explain the mechanism of absorption and types of absorber
matieral. We paid attention to some crucial issues in the design and try to solve them by using
metamaterial perfect absorber. Then we said that optical perfect absorbers is just like others but with
very smaller dimensions. At the end we explaind four recent papers about using metmaterial as optical
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