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Metal slanted columnar thin film THz optical sensors

  • T. Hofmann (a1), D. Schmidt (a1), A. Boosalis (a1), P. Kühne (a1), C.M. Herzinger (a2), J.A. Woollam (a2), E. Schubert (a1) and M. Schubert (a1)...

Abstract

We demonstrate that the anisotropic optical response of metal (cobalt) slanted columnar thin films (STF) at THz frequencies strongly depends on the dielectric properties of the dielectric ambient surrounding the slanted columnar thin films. An effective medium dielectric function approach is used to describe the combined optical response of metal slanted columnar thin film and dielectric ambient. Our observations indicate that metal (cobalt) slanted columnar thin films can be used as sensors which will enable detection and characterization of minute amounts of dielectrics at THz frequencies, such as for flow-based detection of liquid chemical constituents.

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