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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 15 — Jul. 18, 2011
  • pp: 14290–14299

Asymmetric transmission of linearly polarized waves and polarization angle dependent wave rotation using a chiral metamaterial

Mehmet Mutlu, Ahmet E. Akosman, Andriy E. Serebryannikov, and Ekmel Ozbay  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 15, pp. 14290-14299 (2011)

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An electrically thin chiral metamaterial structure composed of four U-shaped split ring resonator pairs is utilized in order to realize polarization rotation that is dependent on the polarization of the incident wave at 6.2 GHz. The structure is optimized such that a plane wave that is linearly polarized at an arbitrary angle is an eigenwave of the system at this frequency. The analytical relation between the incident polarization and the polarization rotation is derived using transmission matrices. Furthermore, the proposed structure exhibits an asymmetric transmission of linearly polarized waves at 6.2 GHz. Plane waves traveling in opposite but perpendicular directions to the material plane are rotated by different angles. On the other hand, four incident polarization angles have been found for the same structure, at which the transmission is symmetric. The experiment results are in good agreement with the numerical results.

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OCIS Codes
(230.5440) Optical devices : Polarization-selective devices
(160.1585) Materials : Chiral media
(160.3918) Materials : Metamaterials

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Original Manuscript: June 6, 2011
Revised Manuscript: June 29, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: June 29, 2011
Published: July 11, 2011

Mehmet Mutlu, Ahmet E. Akosman, Andriy E. Serebryannikov, and Ekmel Ozbay, "Asymmetric transmission of linearly polarized waves and polarization angle dependent wave rotation using a chiral metamaterial," Opt. Express 19, 14290-14299 (2011)

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