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Ultrafast Effects in 3D Metamaterials

N. Katte [1], P. Evans [2],
[1] Wilberforce University, Wilberforce, OH, USA
[2] Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN, USA

The extraordinary electromagnetic response of nanostructured material, usually made up of a metallic structures distributed in within a dielectric matrix has attracted a lot of interest in recent years. These materials are technically called metamaterial (MM) since they possess different properties from their constituent materials. Several applications of metamaterials have already been ...

Heating of Metal Nanoparticles on Absorbing Substrates

L. Bergamini [1], O. Muskens [2], N. Zabala [1], J. Aizpurua [3]
[1] UPV/EHU, Bilbao, Spain; Materials Physics Center and CSIC-UPV/EHU, Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain; Donostia International Physics Center, Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain
[2] University of Southampton, Southampton, UK
[3] Materials Physics Center and CSIC-UPV/EHU, Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain; Donostia International Physics Center, Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain

It is well-known that metal nanoparticles (NPs) excited at the plasmon frequency not only exhibit peculiar optical properties (e.g., a peak in the extinction spectrum, an enhanced electromagnetic near-filed) but also heat up [1]. This phenomenon is highly investigated for medical applications, but it can be exploited also for the realization of optical devices. In our study we use COMSOL ...

Spectroscopic Modeling of Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting

P. Cendula [1], J. O. Schumacher [1],
[1] Institute of Computational Physics, Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Winterthur, Switzerland

A photoelectrochemical (PEC) cell uses solar energy to split water to hydrogen and oxygen in single integrated device. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy is a suitable tool to characterize recombination and reaction mechanisms in PEC cell. Full numerical drift-diffusion calculations of the electrochemical impedance were conducted. The linear dependence of abscissa (real part) in Nyquist ...

Study of Energy Transfer Mechanism for a Synchrotron X-ray Gas Absorber with COMSOL Multiphysics

A. Martín Ortega [1], Y. Dabin [1], T. Minea [2], A. Lacoste [3]
[1] ESRF, Grenoble, France
[2] LPGP, Université Paris-Sud XI, Orsay, France
[3] LPSC, Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, France

The high power of X-ray beam delivered by synchrotrons and free electron lasers, up to 240 W/mm2, requires heat load management solutions to obtain the best performance from the optical elements which will shape the beam for its use in the experimental stations [1]. One solution is the use of gas attenuators: a tube filled with an inert gas, usually Argon or Krypton, is placed between X-ray ...

Dual Phononic And Photonic Band Gaps In A Periodic Array Of Pillars Deposited On A Membrane

Y. Pennec, Y. El Hassouani, C. Li, B.D. Rouhani, E.H. El Boudouti, H. Larabi, and A. Akjouj
Institut d’Electronique, de Microélectronique et de Nanotechnologie, Université de Lille, Villeneuve d’Ascq, France

Phononic crystals are a class of materials that exhibit periodic variations in their density and elastic properties. Such crystals modify the propagation of acoustic waves and prohibit the propagation of sound for frequencies within the band gap. We discuss the simultaneous existence of phononic and photonic band gaps in a periodic array of silicon pillars deposited on a homogeneous SiO2 ...

Designing and Simulating THz Guided Wave Devices Using Finite Element Techniques

L. M. Hayden[1], D. A. Sweigart[1]
[1]Department of Physics, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD, USA

The generation of terahertz frequency radiation (0.1-10 THz) is an important technological goal due to the use of this non-ionizing radiation to penetrate a wide range of non-conducting materials. One outstanding problem has been the propagation of THz radiation in guided wave devices. Few studies on the construction of efficient THz waveguide devices have been performed. We designed and ...

Modelling Ultra-short Pulse Laser Ablation of Dielectric Materials Using multiple Rate Equations - new

P. Boerner[1], K. Wegener[1]
[1]Institute of Machine Tools and Manufacturing, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

Ultrafast lasers are widely applied in micromachining, material science and physics. In industry, picosecond lasers are becoming more and more established. For pulse lengths shorter than the electron-phonon coupling time, heat affected zones are negligible. Thermally sensitive materials can be processed using ultrashort pulse laser radiation. Multi-component materials and poorly absorbing ...

Implementation of a Paraxial Optical Propagation Method for Large Photonic Devices

J.E. Toney[1]

[1]Pennsylvania State University Electro-Optics Center, Freeport, Pennsylvania, USA

We demonstrate the use of COMSOL Multiphysics with MATLAB to model signal generation in wide-bandgap semiconductor radiation detectors. A quasi-hemispherical detector design is compared with a simple, planar detector. Results show that the quasi-hemispherical design can simply and effectively compensate for the poor hole transport of most compound semiconductor materials. In this paper we ...

FE Modeling of Surfaces with Realistic 3D Roughness: Roughness Effects in Optics of Plasmonic Nanoantennas

J. Borneman[1], A. Kildishev[1], K. Chen[1], and V. Drachev[1]

[1]School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Birck Nanotechnology Center, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA

COMSOL Multiphysics has been widely used to model the near and far-field electromagnetics (specifically, transmission and reflection spectra) of gold and silver nanoantenna arrays. We use a moving 3D mesh, thus preserving the DOF number and simply morphing the structure of the mesh to accommodate the moving boundary. The electromagnetics model consist of four multiphysics models, two ...

Surface Plasmon Polaritons Photonic Device Design and All-optical Modulation

J. Chen
Peking University, Beijing, China

Surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs), which are confined along metal-dielectric interfaces, have attracted great interest in the area of ultracompact photonic circuits due to their strong field confinement and enhancement. COMSOL Multiphysics is an efficient and powerful software package to simulate the characteristics of SPPs. In recent years, we did some works on SPPs in experiments as well as ...