Electromagnetic Composite-based Reflecting Terahertz Waveplates
Journal Article

Published: Thursday, September 01, 2011
Citation: International Journal of High Speed Electronics and Systems (IJHSES), Volume 20, Number 3, Pages 583-588
Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1142/S0129156411006878

Authors (1 total): A. C. Strikwerda


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.