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Phys Rev Lett. 2009 Oct 2;103(14):147401. Epub 2009 Oct 2.

Reconfigurable terahertz metamaterials.

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  • 1Department of Mechanical Engineering, Boston University, 110 Cummington Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02215, USA.

Abstract

We demonstrate reconfigurable anisotropic metamaterials at terahertz frequencies where artificial "atoms" reorient within unit cells in response to an external stimulus. This is accomplished by fabricating planar arrays of split ring resonators on bimaterial cantilevers designed to bend out of plane in response to a thermal stimulus. We observe a marked tunability of the electric and magnetic response as the split ring resonators reorient within their unit cells. Our results demonstrate that adaptive metamaterials offer significant potential to realize novel electromagnetic functionality ranging from thermal detection to reconfigurable cloaks or absorbers.

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