Tong Guo, Chen Chen, Fei Yan, Ruoxing Wang, Li Li,
We present a controllable terahertz (THz) metamaterial switch by manipulating toroidal dipolar mode in simulation. The metamaterial switch consists of periodically patterned metallic split rings with photosensitive silicon stripes. The excitation of toroidal dipolar resonance is closely dependent on the transition between the dielectric and conductive phases of photosensitive silicon. The toroidal dipolar mode is exploited to modulate the ON/OFF-switching transmission of THz wave under wide incident angles. The operation mechanism and frequency tunability are discussed.