Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Abstract-Terahertz 3D printed diffractive lens matrices for field-effect transistor detector focal plane arrays

Krzesimir Szkudlarek, Maciej Sypek, Grzegorz Cywiński, Jarosław Suszek, Przemysław Zagrajek, Anna Feduniewicz-Żmuda, Ivan Yahniuk, Sergey Yatsunenko, Anna Nowakowska-Siwińska, Dominique Coquillat, Dmytro B. But, Martyna Rachoń, Karolina Węgrzyńska, Czesław Skierbiszewski, and Wojciech Knap

We present the concept, the fabrication processes and the experimental results for materials and optics that can be used for terahertz field-effect transistor detector focal plane arrays. More specifically, we propose 3D printed arrays of a new type – diffractive multi-zone lenses of which the performance is superior to that of previously used mono-zone diffractive or refractive elements and evaluate them with GaN/AlGaN field-effect transistor terahertz detectors. Experiments performed in the 300-GHz atmospheric window show that the lens arrays offer both a good efficiency and good uniformity, and may improve the signal-to-noise ratio of the terahertz field-effect transistor detectors by more than one order of magnitude. In practice, we tested 3 × 12 lens linear arrays with printed circuit board THz detector arrays used in postal security scanners and observed significant signal-to-noise improvements. Our results clearly show that the proposed technology provides a way to produce cost-effective, reproducible, flat optics for large-size field-effect transistor THz-detector focal plane arrays.
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