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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 18 — Aug. 30, 2010
  • pp: 18532–18542

Four-leaf-clover-shaped antenna for a THz photomixer

Insang Woo, Truong Khang Nguyen, Haewook Han, Hanjo Lim, and Ikmo Park  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 18, pp. 18532-18542 (2010)

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To improve the output power of a photomixer used as a THz source, we propose a four-leaf-clover-shaped antenna structure composed of a highly resonant radiation element and a stable DC feed element. The resonance characteristics of the proposed structure were first investigated on a half-infinite substrate as a simplified radiation environment to reduce the computation time. Based on the antenna characteristics on that half-infinite substrate, the antenna structure was designed to have a maximum total efficiency and a maximum directivity on an extended hemispherical lens. The input resistance of this structure was six times that of a full-wavelength dipole, significantly improving the mismatch efficiency between a photomixer and the antenna. The terahertz output power from this structure is expected to be 2.7 times that of a full-wavelength dipole.

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OCIS Codes
(220.3630) Optical design and fabrication : Lenses
(260.5740) Physical optics : Resonance
(350.5500) Other areas of optics : Propagation
(350.7420) Other areas of optics : Waves
(040.2235) Detectors : Far infrared or terahertz

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Original Manuscript: June 3, 2010
Revised Manuscript: August 11, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: August 12, 2010
Published: August 16, 2010

Insang Woo, Truong Khang Nguyen, Haewook Han, Hanjo Lim, and Ikmo Park, "Four-leaf-clover-shaped antenna for a THz photomixer," Opt. Express 18, 18532-18542 (2010)

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