Optical tunneling in metal-dielectric multilayers and its application to optical filters

  • Author / Creator
    Zhang, Minchang
  • Metal-dielectric thin film multilayers are of significant interest as transparent conductors, band-pass filters, and metamaterials. This thesis describes an experimental study of optical tunnelling through periodic metal-dielectric (MD) multilayers with the goal of optimizing the transmittance for either propagating or evanescent waves. Surface-plasmon mediated tunnelling was studied in structures with a symmetric SiO2-Ag-SiO2 unit cell. Tunneling of TE-polarized propagating waves was studied in structures with a symmetric TiO2-Ag-TiO2 unit cell. In both cases, reasonable agreement between experimental results and theoretical predictions was obtained, indicating that potential transmittance theory and admittance-matching concepts can be used to optimize the transmittance of such structures. However, more predictable and stable results were obtained for the SiO2-based structures compared to the TiO2-based structures, which was attributed to oxidation of the Ag layers in the latter case. This motivated a study on alternative termination strategies to improve the peak transmittance of Ag/SiO2-based multilayers.

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    Master of Science
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    University of Alberta
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    • Microsystems and Nanodevices
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • DeCorby, Ray (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Wang, Xihua (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
    • Serpe, Michael (Chemistry)