Friday, 26 September 2014

Polarization independent broadband terahertz antireflection by deep-subwavelength thin metallic mesh

Lu Ding*, Qing Yang Steve Wu andJing Hua Teng*


Broadband antireflection coatings for passive terahertz (THz) components are extremely important in the application of THz technology. Metallic nano-films are commonly used for this purpose. Here a new approach to realize polarization independent broadband antireflection in THz range, based on a meta-surface design is experimentally demonstrated. The internal reflection of a broadband THz pulse (spectral bandwidth of 0.06 – 4 THz) at a Si/air interface can be fully suppressed with a Cr square mesh with deep-subwavelength dimensions. Small nonuniformity of the meta-surface structure can enhance the tolerance on structural parameters for achieving the AR condition. The design concept is applicable to other metals and frequency ranges as well, which opens a new window for future AR coatings.