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  • Chinese Optics Letters
  • Vol. 13,
  • Issue 12,
  • pp. 120401-
  • (2015)

Tunable terahertz filter based on alternative liquid crystal layers and metallic slats

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Abstract

We propose and demonstrate a pseudo Fabry–Pérot filter in the terahertz frequency range of 0.1–0.5 THz. It consists of alternative liquid crystal layers and metallic slats. Separate sharp resonant peaks are shown in the simulated transmission spectra, and their positions shift toward higher frequencies when the refractive index of liquid crystal decreases. The measured transmission spectra are consistent with corresponding simulations. Via thermally tuning the refractive index of the filled liquid crystal, the resonant transmission frequencies shift accordingly. The work supplies a novel design for tunable terahertz filters, which would play important roles in terahertz imaging, sensing, high speed communication, and security applications.

© 2015 Chinese Laser Press

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