Saturday, June 17, 2017

Abstract-Advanced terahertz imaging with electromagnetic metamaterials (Conference Presentation)

Willie J. Padilla
Duke Univ. (United States)
Proc. SPIE 10209, Image Sensing Technologies: Materials, Devices, Systems, and Applications IV, 1020902 (June 9, 2017); doi:10.1117/12.2264750

The utilization of metamaterials as spatial light modulators (SLMs) offers a new route to achieve reconfigurable single pixel imaging systems. Here we demonstrate a metamaterial SLM hat permits high speed imaging at terahertz frequencies using communications engineering techniques. Specifically we implement quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM) with our all-electronic metamaterial SLM, which enables a doubling of the imaging frame rate. A second independent technique of frequency diverse imaging uses a number of sub-carriers to permit parallelization of the imaging process, which results in an increase in imaging speed only limited by signal to noise. Our results are not limited to the terahertz band, but may be scaled to nearly any sub-optical range of the electromagnetic spectrum, and verify the potential of metamaterials to operate as reconfigurable multifunctional devices which will enable next generation imaging systems.
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