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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 12 — Jun. 8, 2009
  • pp: 9971–9980

Spiral-type terahertz antennas and the manifestation of the Mushiake principle

Ranjan Singh, Carsten Rockstuhl, Christoph Menzel, Todd P. Meyrath, Mingxia He, Harald Giessen, Falk Lederer, and Weili Zhang  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 12, pp. 9971-9980 (2009)

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We report on the experimental and theoretical study of the resonant eigenmodes of spiral-type terahertz antennas. The analysis is carried out for a varying number of spiral windings. For larger numbers the structure possesses a self-complementary property which allows the application of the Mushiake principle predicting that the impedance of such structures is half the impedance of free space. This permits to observe an equal and frequency independent reflection and transmission coefficient. This property makes the spiral-type terahertz antenna not only a fascinating example of a medium supporting strong resonances in the long wavelength limit but also a medium which can be easily and reasonably homogenized at higher frequencies. This is in stark contrast to most of the existing metamaterials.

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OCIS Codes
(160.4670) Materials : Optical materials
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(260.3910) Physical optics : Metal optics
(260.5740) Physical optics : Resonance

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Original Manuscript: March 30, 2009
Revised Manuscript: May 7, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: May 9, 2009
Published: May 29, 2009

Ranjan Singh, Carsten Rockstuhl, Christoph Menzel, Todd P. Meyrath, Mingxia He, Harald Giessen, Falk Lederer, and Weili Zhang, "Spiral-type terahertz antennas and the manifestation of the Mushiake principle," Opt. Express 17, 9971-9980 (2009)

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