Global to push GA events into
skip to main content

Title: Metallic dielectric photonic crystals and methods of fabrication

A metallic-dielectric photonic crystal is formed with a periodic structure defining a plurality of resonant cavities to selectively absorb incident radiation. A metal layer is deposited on the inner surfaces of the resonant cavities and a dielectric material fills inside the resonant cavities. This photonic crystal can be used to selectively absorb broadband solar radiation and then reemit absorbed radiation in a wavelength band that matches the absorption band of a photovoltaic cell. The photonic crystal can be fabricated by patterning a sacrificial layer with a plurality of holes, into which is deposited a supporting material. Removing the rest of the sacrificial layer creates a supporting structure, on which a layer of metal is deposited to define resonant cavities. A dielectric material then fills the cavities to form the photonic crystal.
Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA) EFRC
Patent Number(s):
Application Number:
Contract Number:
SC0001299; FG02-09ER46577
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 2016 Nov 03
Research Org:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
Country of Publication:
United States

Works referenced in this record:

Three-dimensional self-assembled photonic crystals with high temperature stability for thermal emission modification
journal, October 2013
  • Arpin, Kevin A.; Losego, Mark D.; Cloud, Andrew N.
  • Nature Communications, Vol. 4, Article No. 2630
  • DOI: 10.1038/ncomms3630

Broadband polarization-independent resonant light absorption using ultrathin plasmonic super absorbers
journal, November 2011
  • Aydin, Koray; Ferry, Vivian E.; Briggs, Ryan M.
  • Nature Communications, Vol. 2, Article No. 517
  • DOI: 10.1038/ncomms1528

Design and global optimization of high-efficiency thermophotovoltaic systems
journal, January 2010
  • Bermel, Peter; Ghebrebrhan, Michael; Chan, Walker
  • Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue S3, p. A314-A334
  • DOI: 10.1364/OE.18.00A314

Sharp thermal emission and absorption from conformally coated metallic photonic crystal with triangular lattice
journal, August 2008
  • Biswas, R.; Zhou, D.; Puscasu, I.
  • Applied Physics Letters, Vol. 93, Issue 6, Article No. 063307
  • DOI: 10.1063/1.2971168

Design and optimization of one-dimensional photonic crystals for thermophotovoltaic applications
journal, January 2004
  • Celanovic, Ivan; O’Sullivan, Francis; Ilak, Milos
  • Optics Letters, Vol. 29, Issue 8, p. 863-865
  • DOI: 10.1364/OL.29.000863

Resonant-cavity enhanced thermal emission
journal, August 2005
  • Celanovic, Ivan; Perreault, David; Kassakian, John
  • Physical Review B, Vol. 72, Issue 7, Article No. 075127
  • DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.72.075127

Two-dimensional tungsten photonic crystals as selective thermal emitters
journal, May 2008
  • Celanovic, Ivan; Jovanovic, Natalija; Kassakian, John
  • Applied Physics Letters, Vol. 92, Issue 19, Article No. 193101
  • DOI: 10.1063/1.2927484

Toward high-energy-density, high-efficiency, and moderate-temperature chip-scale thermophotovoltaics
journal, February 2013
  • Chan, W. R.; Bermel, P.; Pilawa-Podgurski, R. C. N.
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Vol. 110, Issue 14, p. 5309-5314
  • DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1301004110

Design of wide-angle selective absorbers/emitters with dielectric filled metallic photonic crystals for energy applications
journal, December 2013
  • Chou, Jeffrey B.; Yeng, Yi Xiang; Lenert, Andrej
  • Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue S1, p. A144-A154
  • DOI: 10.1364/OE.22.00A144

Ultrabroadband Light Absorption by a Sawtooth Anisotropic Metamaterial Slab
journal, February 2012
  • Cui, Yanxia; Fung, Kin Hung; Xu, Jun
  • Nano Letters, Vol. 12, Issue 3, p. 1443-1447
  • DOI: 10.1021/nl204118h

All-metallic three-dimensional photonic crystals with a large infrared bandgap
journal, May 2002
  • Fleming, J. G.; Lin, S. Y.; El-Kady, I.
  • Nature, Vol. 417, Issue 6884, p. 52-55
  • DOI: 10.1038/417052a

Surfaces with holes in them: new plasmonic metamaterials
journal, January 2005
  • Garcia-Vidal, F. J.; Martín-Moreno, L.; Pendry, J. B.
  • Journal of Optics A: Pure and Applied Optics, Vol. 7, Issue 2, p. S97-S101
  • DOI: 10.1088/1464-4258/7/2/013

Tailoring thermal emission via Q matching of photonic crystal resonances
journal, March 2011
  • Ghebrebrhan, M.; Bermel, P.; Yeng, Y. X.
  • Physical Review A, Vol. 83, Issue 3, Article No. 033810
  • DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevA.83.033810

Coherent emission of light by thermal sources
journal, March 2002
  • Greffet, Jean-Jacques; Carminati, Rémi; Joulain, Karl
  • Nature, Vol. 416, Issue 6876, p. 61-64
  • DOI: 10.1038/416061a

High performance optical absorber based on a plasmonic metamaterial
journal, June 2010
  • Hao, Jiaming; Wang, Jing; Liu, Xianliang
  • Applied Physics Letters, Vol. 96, Issue 25, Article No. 251104
  • DOI: 10.1063/1.3442904

Hafnia-plugged microcavities for thermal stability of selective emitters
journal, June 2013
  • Lee, Heon-Ju; Smyth, Katherine; Bathurst, Stephen
  • Applied Physics Letters, Vol. 102, Issue 24, Article No. 241904
  • DOI: 10.1063/1.4811703

Scalable photonic crystal chips for high sensitivity protein detection
journal, January 2013
  • Liang, Feng; Clarke, Nigel; Patel, Parth
  • Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 26, p. 32306-32312
  • DOI: 10.1364/OE.21.032306

Development of metal etch mask by single layer lift-off for silicon nitride photonic crystals
journal, June 2011
  • Lim, Kang-mook; Gupta, Shilpi; Ropp, Chad
  • Microelectronic Engineering, Vol. 88, Issue 6, p. 994-998
  • DOI: 10.1016/j.mee.2010.12.113

A three-dimensional photonic crystal operating at infrared wavelengths
journal, July 1998
  • Lin, S. Y.; Fleming, J. G.; Hetherington, D. L.
  • Nature, Vol. 394, Issue 6690, p. 251-253
  • DOI: 10.1038/28343

Infrared Perfect Absorber and Its Application As Plasmonic Sensor
journal, July 2010
  • Liu, Na; Mesch, Martin; Weiss, Thomas
  • Nano Letters, Vol. 10, Issue 7, p. 2342-2348
  • DOI: 10.1021/nl9041033

Large Area, 38 nm Half-Pitch Grating Fabrication by Using Atomic Spacer Lithography from Aluminum Wire Grids
journal, December 2006
  • Liu, Xiaoming; Deng, Xuegong; Sciortino, Paul
  • Nano Letters, Vol. 6, Issue 12, p. 2723-2727
  • DOI: 10.1021/nl061669s

Taming the Blackbody with Infrared Metamaterials as Selective Thermal Emitters
journal, July 2011

Three-dimensional photonic-crystal emitter for thermal photovoltaic power generation
journal, July 2003
  • Lin, S. Y.; Moreno, J.; Fleming, J. G.
  • Applied Physics Letters, Vol. 83, Issue 2, p. 380-382
  • DOI: 10.1063/1.1592614

Solar thermophotovoltaic energy conversion systems with two-dimensional tantalum photonic crystal absorbers and emitters
journal, March 2014
  • Nam, Youngsuk; Yeng, Yi Xiang; Lenert, Andrej
  • Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, Vol. 122, p. 287-296
  • DOI: 10.1016/j.solmat.2013.12.012

Mimicking Surface Plasmons with Structured Surfaces
journal, August 2004
  • Pendry, J. B.; Martín-Moreno, L.; Garcia-Vidal, F. J.
  • Science, Vol. 305, Issue 5685, p. 847-848
  • DOI: 10.1126/science.1098999

Photonic crystal enhanced narrow-band infrared emitters
journal, December 2002
  • Pralle, M. U.; Moelders, N.; McNeal, M. P.
  • Applied Physics Letters, Vol. 81, Issue 25, p. 4685-4687
  • DOI: 10.1063/1.1526919

Absorber and emitter for solar thermo-photovoltaic systems to achieve efficiency exceeding the Shockley-Queisser limit
journal, January 2009
  • Rephaeli, Eden; Fan, Shanhui
  • Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 17, p. 15145-15159
  • DOI: 10.1364/OE.17.015145

Tungsten black absorber for solar light with wide angular operation range
journal, May 2008
  • Rephaeli, Eden; Fan, Shanhui
  • Applied Physics Letters, Vol. 92, Issue 21, Article No. 211107
  • DOI: 10.1063/1.2936997

High-temperature stability and selective thermal emission of polycrystalline tantalum photonic crystals
journal, January 2013
  • Rinnerbauer, Veronika; Yeng, Yi Xiang; Chan, Walker R.
  • Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 9, p. 11482-11491
  • DOI: 10.1364/OE.21.011482

Large-area fabrication of high aspect ratio tantalum photonic crystals for high-temperature selective emitters
journal, January 2013
  • Rinnerbauer, Veronika; Ndao, Sidy; Xiang Yeng, Yi
  • Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology B, Nanotechnology and Microelectronics: Materials, Processing, Measurement, and Phenomena, Vol. 31, Issue 1, Article No. 011802
  • DOI: 10.1116/1.4771901

High-temperature resistive surface grating for spectral control of thermal radiation
journal, March 2003
  • Sai, Hitoshi; Kanamori, Yoshiaki; Yugami, Hiroo
  • Applied Physics Letters, Vol. 82, Issue 11, p. 1685-1687
  • DOI: 10.1063/1.1560867

Solar selective absorbers based on two-dimensional W surface gratings with submicron periods for high-temperature photothermal conversion
journal, August 2003
  • Sai, Hitoshi; Yugami, Hiroo; Kanamori, Yoshiaki
  • Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, Vol. 79, Issue 1, p. 35-49
  • DOI: 10.1016/S0927-0248(02)00364-1

Thermophotovoltaic generation with selective radiators based on tungsten surface gratings
journal, October 2004
  • Sai, Hitoshi; Yugami, Hiroo
  • Applied Physics Letters, Vol. 85, Issue 16, p. 3399-3401
  • DOI: 10.1063/1.1807031

Design of wide-angle solar-selective absorbers using aperiodic metal-dielectric stacks
journal, January 2009
  • Sergeant, Nicholas P.; Pincon, Olivier; Agrawal, Mukul
  • Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 25, p. 22800-22812
  • DOI: 10.1364/OE.17.022800

Omnidirectional absorption in nanostructured metal surfaces
journal, April 2008
  • Teperik, T. V.; García de Abajo, F. J.; Borisov, A. G.
  • Nature Photonics, Vol. 2, Issue 5, p. 299-301
  • DOI: 10.1038/nphoton.2008.76

Palladium-Based Plasmonic Perfect Absorber in the Visible Wavelength Range and Its Application to Hydrogen Sensing
journal, October 2011
  • Tittl, Andreas; Mai, Patrick; Taubert, Richard
  • Nano Letters, Vol. 11, Issue 10, p. 4366-4369
  • DOI: 10.1021/nl202489g

High-temperature metal coating for modification of photonic band edge position
journal, January 2009
  • Walsh, Timothy A.; Bur, James A.; Kim, Yong-Sung
  • Journal of the Optical Society of America B, Vol. 26, Issue 7, p. 1450-1455
  • DOI: 10.1364/JOSAB.26.001450

Metamaterial Electromagnetic Wave Absorbers
journal, May 2012
  • Watts, Claire M.; Liu, Xianliang; Padilla, Willie J.
  • Advanced Materials, Vol. 24, Issue 23, p. OP98-OP120
  • DOI: 10.1002/adma.201200674

Spoof surface plasmon waveguide forces
journal, January 2014
  • Woolf, David; Kats, Mikhail A.; Capasso, Federico
  • Optics Letters, Vol. 39, Issue 3, p. 517-520
  • DOI: 10.1364/OL.39.000517

Large-area wide-angle spectrally selective plasmonic absorber
journal, August 2011
  • Wu, Chihhui; Neuner, Burton; Shvets, Gennady
  • Physical Review B, Vol. 84, Issue 7, Article No. 075102
  • DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.84.075102

Enabling high-temperature nanophotonics for energy applications
journal, January 2012
  • Yeng, Y. X.; Ghebrebrhan, M.; Bermel, P.
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Vol. 109, Issue 7, p. 2280-2285
  • DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1120149109

Performance analysis of experimentally viable photonic crystal enhanced thermophotovoltaic systems
journal, January 2013
  • Yeng, Yi Xiang; Chan, Walker R.; Rinnerbauer, Veronika
  • Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue S6, p. A1035-A1051
  • DOI: 10.1364/OE.21.0A1035