Full light absorption in single arrays of spherical nanoparticles

Younes Ra'Di, Viktar S. Asadchy, Sergei U. Kosulnikov, Mikhail M. Omelyanovich, Dmitry Morits, Andrey V. Osipov, Constantin R. Simovski, Sergei A. Tretyakov

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In this paper we show that arrays of core-shell nanoparticles can function as effective thin absorbers of light. In contrast to known metamaterial absorbers, the introduced absorbers are formed by single planar arrays of spherical inclusions and enable full absorption of light incident on either or both sides of the array. We demonstrate possibilities for realizing different kinds of symmetric absorbers, including resonant, ultrabroadband, angularly selective, and all-angle absorbers. The physical principle behind these designs is explained considering balanced electric and magnetic responses of unit cells. Photovoltaic devices and thermal emitters are the two most important potential applications of the proposed designs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)653-660
Number of pages8
JournalACS Photonics
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 20 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • all-angle absorbers
  • broadband absorbers
  • core shell particles
  • light harvesting
  • solar cells

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Biotechnology
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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