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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 18 — Sep. 3, 2007
  • pp: 11117–11125

Terahertz wave polarization rotation with double layered metal grating of complimentary chiral patterns

N. Kanda, K. Konishi, and M. Kuwata-Gonokami  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 18, pp. 11117-11125 (2007)

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We propose and demonstrate polarization rotation of a terahertz (THz) electromagnetic wave by using two-dimensional gratings consisting of two displaced layers of gold film with complimentary chiral patterns with four-fold symmetry. We develop a time domain THz polarimetry method with three wire grid polarizers and distinguish optical activity from optical anisotropy. We obtain the isotropic polarization rotation of a terahertz wave free from the birefringence of the structures. Results indicate the possibility of controlling THz polarization with artificial chiral structures fabricated with thin metal films.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(120.2130) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Ellipsometry and polarimetry
(230.3990) Optical devices : Micro-optical devices
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(300.6270) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, far infrared

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

Original Manuscript: June 28, 2007
Revised Manuscript: August 10, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: August 11, 2007
Published: August 20, 2007

N. Kanda, K. Konishi, and M. Kuwata-Gonokami, "Terahertz wave polarization rotation with double layered metal grating of complimentary chiral patterns," Opt. Express 15, 11117-11125 (2007)

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