Terahertz gas sensor based on absorption-induced transparency
Centro Universitario de la Defensa, Carretera de Huesca, 50090
2 Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Aragón and Departamento de Física de la Materia Condensada, CSIC-Universidad de Zaragoza, 50009 Zaragoza, Spain
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Accepted: 6 October 2016
Published online: 28 November 2016
A system for the detection of spectral signatures of gases at the Terahertz regime is presented. The system consists in an initially opaque holey metal film whereby the introduction of a gas provokes the appearance of spectral features in transmission and reflection, due to the phenomenom of absorption-induced transparency (AIT). The peaks in transmission and dips in reflection observed in AIT occur close to the absorption energies of the molecules, hence its name. The presence of the gas would be thus revealed as a strong drop in reflectivity measurements at one (or several) of the gas absorption resonances. As a proof of principle, we theoretically demonstrate how the AIT-based sensor would serve to detect tiny amounts of hydrocyanic acid.
Key words: Metamaterials / Diffraction gratings / Terahertz sensing / Absorption-induced transparency
© S.G. Rodrigo, Published by EDP Sciences, 2016
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