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Title: Anti-reflection coating design for metallic terahertz meta-materials

We demonstrate a silicon-based, single-layer anti-reflection coating that suppresses the reflectivity of metals at near-infrared frequencies, enabling optical probing of nano-scale structures embedded in highly reflective surroundings. Our design does not affect the interaction of terahertz radiation with metallic structures that can be used to achieve terahertz near-field enhancement. We have verified the functionality of the design by calculating and measuring the reflectivity of both infrared and terahertz radiation from a silicon/gold double layer as a function of the silicon thickness. We have also fabricated the unit cell of a terahertz meta-material, a dipole antenna comprising two 20-nm thick extended gold plates separated by a 2 μm gap, where the terahertz field is locally enhanced. We used the time-domain finite element method to demonstrate that such near-field enhancement is preserved in the presence of the anti-reflection coating. Finally, we performed magneto-optical Kerr effect measurements on a single 3-nm thick, 1-μm wide magnetic wire placed in the gap of such a dipole antenna. The wire only occupies 2% of the area probed by the laser beam, but its magneto-optical response can be clearly detected. Our design paves the way for ultrafast time-resolved studies, using table-top femtosecond near-infrared lasers, of dynamics inmore » nano-structures driven by strong terahertz radiation.« less
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  1. Stockholm Univ. (Sweden). Department of Physics; CIC nanoGUNE Research Centre, Guipuzcoa (Spain)
  2. Emory Univ., Atlanta, GA (United States)
  3. Stockholm Univ. (Sweden). Department of Physics
  4. SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States)
  5. CIC nanoGUNE Research Centre, Guipuzcoa (Spain); KERBASQUE, Basque Foundation for Science (Spain)
Publication Date:
Grant/Contract Number:
AC02-76SF00515; 600398s; 715452; 737093; MDM-2016-0618; DMR-1504449; ECCS-1509794; E0635001
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Optics Express
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 26; Journal Issue: 3; Journal ID: ISSN 1094-4087
Optical Society of America (OSA)
Research Org:
SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22); Swedish Research Council (SRC); European Research Council (ERC); European Union Programme; Spanish Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness; National Science Foundation (NSF)
Country of Publication:
United States
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; 71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; Spectroscopy, terahertz; Femtosecond phenomena; Metamaterials; Magneto-optical materials
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