Sunday, July 2, 2017

Abstract-THz Wave Detection by Antenna-Coupled Nanoscale Thermoelectric Converters

 Gergo P. Szakmany, Alexei O. Orlov,  Gary H. Bernstein,  Wolfgang Porod

We present a terahertz (THz) wave detector based on antenna-coupled single-metal nanoscale thermocouples. The dipole antenna is tuned to receive 600-GHz electromagnetic waves, and the nanoscale thermoelectric converter (NTEC) converts the heat, generated by the dissipated antenna currents to electrical signals. The measured polarization- and thermopile-length-dependent responses of these THz detectors, configured in thermopiles with various lengths, confirms that the measured signal is the result of the heating caused by the radiation-induced antenna currents and detected by the NTEC.

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