(25e) New Figure of Merit for Nano-Rectenna Based THz Energy Harvesters

Authors: 
Pinhero, P. J., University of Missouri
Allison, E., University of Missouri
Harvesting energy from electromagnetic radiation has been researched for over a century. Utilizing energy harvesting antenna to collect radiation from solar and terrestrial sources has shown promise to be a viable method of energy transfer. Generally, the energy density of electromagnetic radiation increases with frequency with the highest intensity in the optical frequencies. This work focuses on harvesting of terahertz radiation utilizing a rectifying antenna. The objective is to demonstrate zero-bias rectification of AC terahertz radiation captured by an antenna to useable DC current with a metal-insulator-insulator-metal diode. The DC diode characteristics are presented with a two-term exponential fit to understand the rectifying capabilities of the rectenna. The power of the THz source is measured and estimated. Two material sets of diodes in the rectenna are measured under illumination from the THz source. The zero-bias rectification demonstrated is crucial to producing energy harvesting devices.