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Reflective Terahertz Metasurfaces Based on Non-Volatile Phase Change Material for Switchable Manipulation

Sakda, N., Chitaree, R. & Rahman, B. M. A. ORCID: 0000-0001-6384-0961 (2022). Reflective Terahertz Metasurfaces Based on Non-Volatile Phase Change Material for Switchable Manipulation. Photonics, 9(8), 508. doi: 10.3390/photonics9080508


Recently, metasurfaces have been investigated and exploited for various applications in the THz regime, including modulators and detectors. However, the responsive properties of the metasurface in THz stay fixed once the fabrication process is complete. This limitation can be modified when integrating the phase change material (PCM), whose states are switchable between crystalline and amorphous, into the metasurface structure. This characteristic of the PCM is appealing in achieving dynamic and customizable functionality. In this work, the reflective metasurface structure is designed as a hexagonal unit deposited on a polyimide substrate. The non-volatile PCM chosen for the numerical study is germanium antimony tellurium (GST). Our proposed phase change metasurface provides two resonant frequencies located at 1.72 and 2.70 THz, respectively; one of them shows a high contrast of reflectivity at almost 80%. The effects of geometrical parameters, incident angles, and polarization modes on the properties of the proposed structure are explored. Finally, the performances of the structure are evaluated in terms of the insertion loss and extinction ratio.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: Copyright: © 2022 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (
Publisher Keywords: metasurface; phase change material; THz radiation; GST
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics
T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Engineering > Electrical & Electronic Engineering
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