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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 2 — Jan. 17, 2011
  • pp: 1236–1245

Design of reconfigurable metallic slits for terahertz beam modulation

Christopher W. Berry, Jeremy Moore, and Mona Jarrahi  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 2, pp. 1236-1245 (2011)

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We analyze the interaction of electromagnetic waves with double-layered subwavelength metallic slits on a dielectric substrate. This structure allows efficient transmission of an incident TM-polarized electromagnetic wave into the dielectric substrate, due to the presence of surface modes which couple the incident wave to the TEM waveguide modes supported by the subwavelength metallic slits. Our study shows that electromagnetic transmission through double-layered subwavelength metallic slits is strongly geometry dependent. Based on this observation, a terahertz modulation scheme is presented which, compared to existing terahertz modulator solutions, has the promise of significant enhancement in modulation index over a broad range of terahertz frequencies.

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OCIS Codes
(230.6120) Optical devices : Spatial light modulators
(050.6624) Diffraction and gratings : Subwavelength structures

ToC Category:
Diffraction and Gratings

Original Manuscript: November 12, 2010
Revised Manuscript: December 18, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: January 5, 2011
Published: January 11, 2011

Christopher W. Berry, Jeremy Moore, and Mona Jarrahi, "Design of reconfigurable metallic slits for terahertz beam modulation," Opt. Express 19, 1236-1245 (2011)

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