Sunday, May 20, 2018

Abstract-Flexible and stackable terahertz metamaterials via silver-nanoparticle inkjet printing

K. Kashiwagi, L. Xie, X. Li, T. Kageyama, M. Miura, H. Miyashita, J. Kono,  S.S. Lee

There is presently much interest in tunable, flexible, or reconfigurable metamaterial structures that work in the terahertz frequency range. They can be useful for a range of applications, including spectroscopy, sensing, imaging, and communications. Various methods based on microelectromechanical systems have been used for fabricating terahertz metamaterials, but they typically require high-cost facilities and involve a number of time-consuming and intricate processes. Here, we demonstrate a simple, robust, and cost-effective method for fabricating flexible and stackable multiresonant terahertz metamaterials, using silver nanoparticle inkjet printing. Using this method, we designed and fabricated two arrays of split-ring resonators (SRRs) having different resonant frequencies on separate sheets of paper and then combined the two arrays by stacking. Through terahertz time-domain spectroscopy, we observed resonances at the frequencies expected for the individual SRR arrays as well as at a new frequency due to coupling between the two SRR arrays

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