Wavelength Selectivity of a Thermal IR–Absorber as Part of a Fully Integrated IR–Absorption Sensor
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Proceedings IEEE Sensors Conference 2008
Previously we have shown that an appropriately designed waveguide can be used as an infrared absorption sensor element yielding comparable sensitivities to IR-transmission
setups. We utilize the evanescent field of a monomode waveguide, which, together with a thermal IR-emitter and detector, will be integrated into a miniaturized sensor system. Besides the filter effect of the utilized grating couplers, a wavelength selective IR-detector is required to maintain the system’s functionality when using thermal non-polarized radiation. In this contribution, we consider the wavelength selectivity of the absorber structure of a thermal IR-detector. In contrast to previous investigations, we have expanded the assumption of a perfect back mirror towards a real metal of the non symmetric Fabry-Perot absorption structure. The presented analysis uncovers novel characteristics associated with this structure yielding the opportunity for a novel design requiring only one metal layer instead of two.