Monday, March 9, 2015

Abstract-One- and two-dimensional photo-imprinted diffraction gratings for manipulating terahertz waves

Emerging technology based on artificial materials containing metallic structures has raised the prospect for unprecedented control of terahertz waves. The functionality of these devices is static by the very nature of their metallic composition, although some degree of tunability can be achieved by incorporating electrically biased semiconductors. Here, we demonstrate a photonic structure by projecting the optical image of a metal mask onto a thin GaAs substrate using a femtosecond pulsed laser source. We show that the resulting high-contrast pattern of photo-excited carriers can create diffractive elements operating in transmission, potentially providing a route to terahertz components with reconfigurable functionality.

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