Ultrabroad terahertz bandpass filter by hyperbolic metamaterial waveguide
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We propose and demonstrate an ultrabroad terahertz (THz) bandpass filter (BPF) by integrating two different-sized tapered hyperbolic metamaterial (HMM) waveguides, each of which has wide but different absorption and transmission bands, into a unit cell. With proper structural design of each HMM waveguide to control the absorption and transmission bands, we numerically demonstrate the designed BPF is capable of operating with a broad passband in the THz domain. A typical TM-polarized HMM BPF has a peak transmission of 37% at 3.3 THz with the passband bandwidth of 2.2 THz ranging from 2.97 to 5.17 THz. The co-designed three-dimensional HMM BPF also shows the capability of operating with independence to the polarization of incident light because of the structural symmetry and has sharp bandedge transitions of 22.6 and 17.6 dB/THz to the stop bands, respectively. The presented results here hold great promise for developing practical THz BPF with various applications in THz field.
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