Subwavelength confined terahertz waves on planar waveguides using metallic gratings

Borwen You, Ja Yu Lu, Wei Lun Chang, Chin Ping Yu, Tze An Liu, Jin Long Peng

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A terahertz plasmonic waveguide is experimentally demonstrated using a plastic ribbon waveguide integrated with a diffraction metal grating to approach subwavelength-scaled confinement and long-distance delivery. Appropriately adjusting the metal-thickness and the periodical slit width of a grating greatly improves both guiding ability and field confinement in the hybrid waveguide structure. The measured lateral decay length of the bound terahertz surface waves on the hybrid waveguide can be reduced to less than λ/4 after propagating a waveguide of around 50mm-long in length. The subwavelength- confined field is potentially advantageous to biomolecular sensing or membrane detection because of the long interaction length between the THz field and analytes

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6009-6019
Number of pages11
JournalOptics Express
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Mar 11

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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