Engineering metamaterial absorbers from dense gold nanoparticle stacks

Sheldon Hewlett, Adam Mock

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Both ordered and disordered electromagnetic metamaterials have been shown to exhibit interesting and technologically relevant properties that would not be present in the constituent materials in their bulk form. Disordered metamaterials can be fabricated using low-cost and scalable fabrication approaches which are particularly advantageous at the nanoscale. This work shows how a solution-based deposition process can be leveraged to introduce quasi-ordering in disordered gold metamaterials to achieve 94% absorption over the visible spectrum. Full-wave electrodynamic simulations suggest that more advanced structures consistent with this fabrication approach could exhibit 98% average absorption over the entire solar spectrum. We envision this simple and cost-effective fabrication of highly absorbing disordered metamaterials to be of use for thermovoltaics and solar cells.

Original languageEnglish
Article number093103
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 7 2017


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