Simulation of photodetection using finite-difference time-domain method with application to near-field subwavelength imaging based on nanoscale semiconductor photodetector array

Ki Young Kim, Boyang Liu, Yingyan Huang, Seng Tiong Ho

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Abstract

Simulation of detecting photoelectrons using multi-level multi-electron (MLME) finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) method with an application to near-field subwavelength imaging based on semiconductor nanophotodetector (NPD) array is reported. The photocurrents from the photodiode pixels are obtained to explore the resolution of this novel NPD device for subwavelength imaging. One limiting factor of the NPD device is the optical power coupling between adjacent detector pixels. We investigate such power coupling in the presence of absorbing media as well as the spatial distributions of the electric field and photoelectron density using the MLME FDTD simulation. Our results show that the detection resolution is about one tenth of the operating wavelength, which is comparable to that of a near-field scanning optical microscope based on metal clad tapered fiber.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)343-347
Number of pages5
JournalOptical and Quantum Electronics
Volume40
Issue number5-6
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2008

Keywords

  • FDTD simulation
  • Nanoscale photodetector (NPD) array
  • Photocurrent
  • Subwavelength resolution

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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