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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 21 — Oct. 11, 2010
  • pp: 22187–22198

Customised broadband metamaterial absorbers for arbitrary polarisation

Hiroki Wakatsuchi, Stephen Greedy, Christos Christopoulos, and John Paul  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 21, pp. 22187-22198 (2010)

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This paper shows that customised broadband absorption of electromagnetic waves having arbitrary polarisation is possible by use of lossy cut–wire (CW) metamaterials. These useful features are confirmed by numerical simulations in which different lengths of CW pairs are combined as one periodic metamaterial unit and placed near to a perfect electric conductor (PEC). So far metamaterial absorbers have exhibited some interesting features, which are not available from conventional absorbers, e.g. straightforward adjustment of electromagnetic properties and size reduction. The paper shows how with proper design a broad range of absorber characteristics may be obtained.

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OCIS Codes
(260.5740) Physical optics : Resonance
(160.3918) Materials : Metamaterials
(050.6624) Diffraction and gratings : Subwavelength structures

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Original Manuscript: July 30, 2010
Revised Manuscript: September 17, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: September 27, 2010
Published: October 5, 2010

Hiroki Wakatsuchi, Stephen Greedy, Christos Christopoulos, and John Paul, "Customised broadband metamaterial absorbers for arbitrary polarisation," Opt. Express 18, 22187-22198 (2010)

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