Terahertz plasmonic Bessel beamformer

Yasuaki Monnai, David Jahn, Withawat Withayachumnankul, Martin Koch, Hiroyuki Shinoda

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We experimentally demonstrate terahertz Bessel beamforming based on the concept of plasmonics. The proposed planar structure is made of concentric metallic grooves with a subwavelength spacing that couple to a point source to create tightly confined surface waves or spoof surface plasmon polaritons. Concentric scatterers periodically incorporated at a wavelength scale allow for launching the surface waves into free space to define a Bessel beam. The Bessel beam defined at 0.29 THz has been characterized through terahertz time-domain spectroscopy. This approach is capable of generating Bessel beams with planar structures as opposed to bulky axicon lenses and can be readily integrated with solid-state terahertz sources.

Original languageEnglish
Article number021101
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Jan 12
Externally publishedYes

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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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    Monnai, Y., Jahn, D., Withayachumnankul, W., Koch, M., & Shinoda, H. (2015). Terahertz plasmonic Bessel beamformer. Applied Physics Letters, 106(2), [021101]. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4905445