We demonstrate an active metamaterial device that allows to electrically control terahertz transmission over more than one order of magnitude. Our device consists of a lithographically defined gold nano antenna array fabricated on a thin film of vanadium dioxide (VO2), a material that possesses an insulator to metal transition. The nano antennas let terahertz (THz) radiation funnel through when the VO2 film is in the insulating state. By applying a dc-bias voltage through our device, the VO2 becomes metallic. This electrically shorts the antennas and therefore switches off the transmission in two distinct regimes: reversible and irreversible switching.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|State||Published - Oct 24 2011|