Enhanced Wavelength Selectivity in Molecular Dye Modified High-Tc Superconducting Detectors Using Mirror-Layer Structures

David C. Jurbergs, Steve M. Savoy, Jianai Zhao, Sara J. Eames, John T. McDevitt

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A new method for enhancing the wavelength selectivity and responsivity of hybrid dye/ superconductor optical sensors is described. Here, reflective "mirror layers" deposited atop the high-temperature superconductor, YBa2Cu3O7-δ, are used to enhance the optical performance characteristics of such hybrid sensors. Quantification of the wavelength selectivity for such detector structures is detailed for both dye/high-Tc superconductor and dye/mirror-layer/high-Tc superconductor systems. Optical studies suggest that the inclusion of the mirror layer serves to enhance the wavelength selectivity by reducing the amount of off-resonance signal generated by the detector. On the other hand, the on-resonance signals captured by the dye layer are effectively sensed by the superconductor element. Measurement of the wavelength-dependent optical responsivity of the mirror-layer-modified hybrid detectors shows that energy transfer between the dye and superconducting elements is not diminished by the presence of this reflective layer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1377-1384
Number of pages8
JournalChemistry of Materials
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Materials Chemistry

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