Electromagnetic composite-based reflecting terahertz waveplates


Journal Article

We have created a low profile, high efficiency half waveplate for operation at terahertz (THz) frequencies. The waveplate is a periodic gold/polyimide composite with a physical thickness of λ/10. Our reflection based waveplate has an intensity throughput of 80% at the design frequency of 350 GHz. This is quite high in comparison to transmissive THz components which typically suffer a large insertion loss due to Fresnel reflections. Simulations suggest a halfwave rotation of over 99% of the reflected THz radiation from 320 - 372 GHz. Experiments at 350 GHz confirm the basic operation of our electromagnetic composite as a functional half waveplate. © 2011 World Scientific Publishing Company.

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Cited Authors

  • Strikwerda, AC; Averitt, RD; Fan, K; Zhang, X; Metcalfe, GD; Wraback, M

Published Date

  • September 1, 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 20 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 583 - 588

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0129-1564

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1142/S0129156411006878

Citation Source

  • Scopus