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  • Received: Jun. 8, 2016

    Accepted: Jun. 23, 2016

    Posted: Mar. 22, 2019

    Published Online: Mar. 22, 2019

    The Author Email: Zhi-Yuan Li (

    DOI: 10.1364/PRJ.4.000146

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    Ximin Tian, Zhi-Yuan Li. Visible-near infrared ultra-broadband polarization-independent metamaterial perfect absorber involving phase-change materials[J]. Photonics Research, 2016, 4(4): 04000146

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Photonics Research, Vol. 4, Issue 4, 04000146 (2016)

Visible-near infrared ultra-broadband polarization-independent metamaterial perfect absorber involving phase-change materials

Ximin Tian and Zhi-Yuan Li*

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  • Laboratory of Optical Physics, Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Science, P.O. Box 603, Beijing 100190, China


We numerically demonstrate a novel ultra-broadband polarization-independent metamaterial perfect absorber in the visible and near-infrared region involving the phase-change material Ge2Sb2Te5 (GST). The novel perfect absorber scheme consists of an array of high-index strong-absorbance GST square resonators separated from a continuous Au substrate by a low-index lossless dielectric layer (silica) and a high-index GST planar cavity. Three absorption peaks with the maximal absorbance up to 99.94% are achieved, owing to the excitation of plasmon-like dipolar or quadrupole resonances from the high-index GST resonators and cavity resonances generated by the GST planar cavity. The intensities and positions of the absorption peaks show strong dependence on structural parameters. A heat transfer model is used to investigate the temporal variation of temperature within the GST region. The results show that the temperature of amorphous GST can reach up to 433 K of the phase transition temperature from room temperature in just 0.37 ns with a relatively low incident light intensity of 1.11×108 W/m2, due to the enhanced ultra-broadband light absorbance through strong plasmon resonances and cavity resonance in the absorber. The study suggests a feasible means to lower the power requirements for photonic devices based on a thermal phase change via engineering ultra-broadband light absorbers.


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