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Opt Express. 2008 May 12;16(10):7181-8.

A metamaterial absorber for the terahertz regime: design, fabrication and characterization.

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Department of Manufacturing Engineering, Boston University,Brookline, Massachusetts 02446, USA.


We present a metamaterial that acts as a strongly resonant absorber at terahertz frequencies. Our design consists of a bilayer unit cell which allows for maximization of the absorption through independent tuning of the electrical permittivity and magnetic permeability. An experimental absorptivity of 70% at 1.3 terahertz is demonstrated. We utilize only a single unit cell in the propagation direction, thus achieving an absorption coefficient alpha = 2000 cm(-1). These metamaterials are promising candidates as absorbing elements for thermally based THz imaging, due to their relatively low volume, low density, and narrow band response.

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