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Title: Broadband switchable infrared absorbers using phase-change materials

We introduce multilayer structures with the phase-change material Ge2Sb2Te5(GST) for use as broadband switchable absorbers in the infrared wavelength range. We optimize both the material composition and the layer thicknesses of the multilayer structures, in order to maximize the difference between the absorption for GST in its crystalline phase and the absorption for GST in its amorphous phase in the wavelength range of interest. We show that in the optimized structures near perfect absorption can be switched to very low absorption in a broad wavelength range by switching GST from its crystalline to its amorphous phase. Our optimized lithography-free structures have better performance than harder-to-fabricate three-dimensional structures. Our results could pave the way to a new class of broadband switchable absorbers and thermal sources in the infrared wavelength range.

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Optical Society of America
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Optical Materials Express
Medium: X Size: Article No. 577
["Article No. 577"]
Sponsoring Org:
National Science Foundation
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