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Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Abstract-Terahertz field enhancement in asymmetric and tapered nano-gaps
We investigate field enhancement inside metal-insulator-metal gaps with asymmetric thicknesses and tapered shapes in the terahertz regime. Finite-difference time-domain simulations were conducted for calculation of field enhancement factor. The calculation indicates that for asymmetric sample, field enhancement increases proportionally with the decrease of the thinner of the two metal film thicknesses surrounding the gap. Concomitantly, angle variation has little effect on the field enhancement if the thickness of the narrowest gap region is fixed. A model based on the capacitor concept is proposed for intuitive understanding of the phenomena.