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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 23 — Nov. 5, 2012
  • pp: 25766–25773

A new artificial material approach for flat THz frequency lenses

Giorgio Savini, Peter A.R. Ade, and Jin Zhang  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 23, pp. 25766-25773 (2012)

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Stacked layers of metal meshes embedded in a dielectric substrate are routinely used for providing spectral selection at THz frequencies. Recent work has shown that particular geometries allow the refractive index to be tuned to produce practical artificial materials. Here we show that by spatially grading in the plane of the mesh we can manufacture a Graded Index (GrIn) thin flat lens optimized for use at THz frequencies. Measurements on a prototype lens show we are able to obtain the parabolic profile of a Woods type lens which is dependent only on the mesh parameters. This technique could realize other exotic optical devices.

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OCIS Codes
(110.2760) Imaging systems : Gradient-index lenses
(220.3630) Optical design and fabrication : Lenses
(260.3090) Physical optics : Infrared, far
(350.2460) Other areas of optics : Filters, interference
(160.1245) Materials : Artificially engineered materials
(260.2710) Physical optics : Inhomogeneous optical media

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Original Manuscript: September 11, 2012
Revised Manuscript: October 22, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: October 23, 2012
Published: October 30, 2012

Giorgio Savini, Peter A.R. Ade, and Jin Zhang, "A new artificial material approach for flat THz frequency lenses," Opt. Express 20, 25766-25773 (2012)

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