Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Plasmonic Color Filter Paper

OSA Optics Express publishes Shizuoka University paper "Multi-band plasmonic color filters for visible-to-near-infrared image sensors" by Atsutaka Miyamichi, Atsushi Ono, Hiroki Kamehama, Keiichiro Kagawa, Keita Yasutomi, and Shoji Kawahito.

"We propose a plasmonic color filter consisting of a single aperture surrounded by concentric periodic corrugations for simultaneous imaging of a spectral range from the visible to the near-infrared. The incident light coupled with surface plasmons propagates through the sub-wavelength aperture as beaming light. The beaming light transmission is able to suppress the spatial color cross-talk between the pixels in an image sensor. We analyzed the transmission characteristics of a plasmonic color filter with periodic corrugations in a silver thin film by using the finite-difference time-domain algorithm. We demonstrated a multi-band transmission wavelength selectivity, of about 100 nm, for the spectral bandwidth ranging from visible to near-infrared. The simultaneous discrimination of visible and near-infrared light with a high color purity by the plasmonic color filter achieves both improved image recognition and smaller system-size compared with conventional systems, which is particularly important for applications such as vehicle-mounted cameras, security, and biological tissue engineering."

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