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Routing of strongly confined terahertz spoof surface plasmon polaritons on metasurfaces along straight and curved pathways with subwavelength width

  • In search of new technologies for optimizing the performance and space requirements of electronic and optical micro-circuits, the concept of spoof surface plasmon polaritons (SSPPs) has come to the fore of research in recent years. Due to the ability of SSPPs to confine and guide the energy of electromagnetic waves in a subwavelength space below the diffraction limit, SSPPs deliver all the tools to implement integrated circuits with a high integration rate. However, in order to guide SSPPs in the terahertz frequency range, it is necessary to carefully design metasurfaces that allow one to manipulate the spatio-temporal and spectral properties of the SSPPs at will. Here, we propose a specifically designed cut-wire metasurface that sustains strongly confined SSPP modes at terahertz frequencies. As we show by numerical simulations and also prove in experimental measurements, the proposed metasurface can tightly guide SSPPs on straight and curved pathways while maintaining their subwavelength field confinement perpendicular to the surface. Furthermore, we investigate the dependence of the spatio-temporal and spectral properties of the SSPP modes on the width of the metasurface lanes that can be composed of one, two or three cut-wires in the transverse direction. Our investigations deliver new insights into downsizing effects of guiding structures for SSPPs.

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Author:Sven BeckerORCiD, Tassilo Fip, Marco Rahm
Parent Title (English):Optics Express
Document Type:Article
Language of publication:English
Publication Date:2020/02/21
Year of Publication:2020
Publishing Institute:Technische Universität Kaiserslautern
Date of the Publication (Server):2020/08/18
Issue:Vol. 28, No. 5/2
Number of page:15
Faculties / Organisational entities:Fachbereich Elektrotechnik und Informationstechnik
DDC-Cassification:6 Technik, Medizin, angewandte Wissenschaften / 621.3 Elektrotechnik, Elektronik
Licence (German):Zweitveröffentlichung