A micromechanical beam-steering device for terahertz systems

Drysdale, T.D. and Cumming, D.R.S. (2004) A micromechanical beam-steering device for terahertz systems. In: Proceedings of SPIE, London, UK, 27 October 2004, pp. 147-153. (doi:10.1117/12.578303)



Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.578303


Beam-steering techniques are required to fully exploit terahertz imaging systems. We propose and model a device employing artificial dielectric techniques to provide a variable phase-control medium. The device consists of two interlocking artificial dielectric surfaces that are initially aligned parallel to each other. By mechanically introducing a relative tilt between the plates, a transmitted wave is subjected to a graded phase delay and thus the beam is steered away from the normal. Continuous and large steering angles are possible. We predict a practical device constructed from a silicon substrate could steer TE beams by up to 4.6 degrees.

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Keywords:Device, optics, system, systems, terahertz
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Cumming, Professor David and Drysdale, Dr Timothy
Authors: Drysdale, T.D., and Cumming, D.R.S.
Subjects:Q Science > QC Physics
T Technology > T Technology (General)
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Electronics and Nanoscale Engineering
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2004 SPIE
First Published:First published in Proceedings of SPIE 5619:147-153
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