Optical properties of grooved silicon microstructures: Theory and experiment

S. A. Dyakov, E. V. Astrova, T. S. Perova, S. G. Tikhodeev, N. A. Gippius, V. Yu Timoshenko

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The reflection spectra of grooved silicon structures consisting of alternating silicon walls and grooves (air channels) with a period of a = 4-6 μm are studied experimentally and theoretically in the mid- IR spectral range (2-25 μm) upon irradiation of samples by normally incident light polarized along and per- pendicular to silicon layers. The calculation is performed by the scattering matrix method taking into account Rayleigh scattering losses in a grooved layer by adding imaginary parts to the refractive indices of silicon and air in grooved regions. The experimental and calculated reflection spectra are in good agreement in the entire spectral range studied. The analysis of experimental and calculated spectra gave close values of the effective refractive indices and birefringence of the studied structures in the long-wavelength spectral region. The val- ues calculated in the effective medium model in the long-wavelength approximation (λ > a) gave consider- ably understated values. The obtained results confirm the efficiency of the scattering matrix method for describing the optical properties of silicon microstructures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)80-85
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Experimental and Theoretical Physics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2011
Externally publishedYes


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