We propose a metamaterial approach to route terahertz waves that features subwavelength confinement in the transverse plane. The guiding mechanism is based on geometrically induced electromagnetic modes sustained by corrugated metallic wedges, whose characteristics resemble those of wedge plasmon polaritons at telecom and optical frequencies. Additionally, frequency selective focusing and slowing down of terahertz radiation based on the proposed wedge waveguides are presented.
© 2009 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: February 5, 2009
Revised Manuscript: April 16, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: May 4, 2009
Published: June 29, 2009
A. I. Fernández-Domínguez, Esteban Moreno, L. Martín-Moreno, and F. J. García-Vidal, "Terahertz wedge plasmon polaritons," Opt. Lett. 34, 2063-2065 (2009)