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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 25 — Dec. 6, 2010
  • pp: 25912–25921

Compact electric-LC resonators for metamaterials

Withawat Withayachumnankul, Christophe Fumeaux, and Derek Abbott  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 25, pp. 25912-25921 (2010)

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Alternative designs to an electric-LC (ELC) resonator, which is a type of metamaterial inclusion, are presented in this article. Fitting the resonator with an interdigital capacitor (IDC) helps to increase the total capacitance of the structure. In effect, its resonance frequency is shifted downwards. This implies a decreased overall resonator size with respect to its operating wavelength. As a result, the metamaterial, composed of an array of IDC-loaded ELC resonators with their collective electromagnetic response, possesses improved homogeneity and hence is less influenced by diffraction effects of individual cells. The impact of incorporating an IDC into ELC resonators in terms of the electrical size at resonance and other relevant properties are investigated through both simulation and experiment in the microwave regime. The proposed structures can be applied to the terahertz regime via appropriate lithographic scaling.

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OCIS Codes
(350.4010) Other areas of optics : Microwaves
(160.1245) Materials : Artificially engineered materials
(260.2065) Physical optics : Effective medium theory
(160.3918) Materials : Metamaterials

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Original Manuscript: September 23, 2010
Revised Manuscript: November 3, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: November 23, 2010
Published: November 26, 2010

Withawat Withayachumnankul, Christophe Fumeaux, and Derek Abbott, "Compact electric-LC resonators for metamaterials," Opt. Express 18, 25912-25921 (2010)

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