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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 22, Iss. 11 — Jun. 2, 2014
  • pp: 13403–13417

Tunable ultrathin mantle cloak via varactor-diode-loaded metasurface

Shuo Liu, He-Xiu Xu, Hao Chi Zhang, and Tie Jun Cui  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue 11, pp. 13403-13417 (2014)

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We propose a tunable strategy for the ultrathin mantle cloak via metasurface. The tunable cloak is implemented by loading varactor diodes between two neighboring horizontal metallic strips which constitute the metasurface. We demonstrate that the varactor diodes enable the capacitive reactance of the metasurface to be tunable from −157 Ω to −3 Ω when the DC bias voltage is properly changed. The active metasurface is then explored to cloak conformally a conducting cylinder. Both numerical and experiment results show that the cloaking frequency can be continuously controlled from 2.3 GHz to 3.7 GHz by appropriately adjusting the bias voltage. The flexible tunability and good cloaking performance are further examined by the measured field distributions. The advanced features of tunability, low profile, and conformal ability of the ultrathin cloak pave the way for practical applications of cloaking devices.

© 2014 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(260.2110) Physical optics : Electromagnetic optics
(160.3918) Materials : Metamaterials
(230.3205) Optical devices : Invisibility cloaks

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Original Manuscript: March 28, 2014
Revised Manuscript: May 3, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: May 17, 2014
Published: May 27, 2014

Shuo Liu, He-Xiu Xu, Hao Chi Zhang, and Tie Jun Cui, "Tunable ultrathin mantle cloak via varactor-diode-loaded metasurface," Opt. Express 22, 13403-13417 (2014)

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