Last Tuesday I gave a keynote talk on behalf of Metaboards at the annual KTN networking event: Industrial and Commercial Applications of Metamaterials.
There is a remarkable growth of interest in metamaterials technology. At this exciting times, science and industry have started working together - real metamaterial devices will soon be available.
Inspiration was in the air!
My project on nonlinear metamaterials has been awarded with a Seal of Excellence by the European Comission.
If you are interested in the topic and would like to start a new collaboration, I would love to hear from you.
Let's go nonlinear!
My IEEE Radio 2016 Young Scientists Award shield has arrived - I am deeply honoured.
Our paper is among the 50 most popular papers in IEEE Transations on Terahertz Science and Technology (July 2016)
Our recent paper in Laser & Photonics Reviews reports that strong dielectric anisotropy at terahertz (THz) frequencies splits the Mie magnetic dipole mode in monocrystalline titanium dioxide (TiO2) micro-spheres. The splitting is experimentally confirmed using near-field THz time-domain spectroscopy. The resonances correspond to orthogonal magnetic dipole modes with narrow linewidths of only tens of gigahertz. The anisotropy of TiO2 can be exploited in the emerging THz all-dielectric metamaterial technology.
Abstract: Monocrystalline titanium dioxide (TiO2) micro-spheres support two orthogonal magnetic dipole modes at terahertz (THz) frequencies due to strong dielectric anisotropy. For the first time, we experimentally detected the splitting of the first Mie mode in spheres of radii 10-20μm through near-field time-domain THz spectroscopy. By fitting the Fano lineshape model to the experimentally obtained spectra of the electric field detected by the sub-wavelength aperture probe, we found that the magnetic dipole resonances in TiO2 spheres have narrow linewidths of only tens of gigahertz. Anisotropic TiO2 micro-resonators can be used to enhance the interplay of magnetic and electric dipole resonances in the emerging THz all-dielectric metamaterial technology.
Early view at:
Irina Khromova et al, 'Splitting of magnetic dipole modes in anisotropic TiO2 micro-spheres', Laser & Photonics Reviews, June 2016 (DOI: 10.1002/lpor.201600084)
Surface-plasmon resonances directly visualised by near-field terahertz time-domain spectroscopy. Sub-wavelength resolution of up to 2um allowed us to map the fields excited in THz resontaors - carbon micro-fibres.
Abstract: We present the temporal evolution of the terahertz (THz) field leading to the excitation of plasmonic resonances in carbon microfibers. The field evolution is mapped in space and time for the 3/2 wavelength resonance using a subwavelength aperture THz near-field probe with an embedded THz photoconductive detector. The excitation of surface waves at the fiber tips leads to the formation of a standing wave along the fiber. Local THz time-domain spectroscopy at one of the standing wave crests shows a clear third-order resonance peak at 1.65 THz, well described by the Lorentz model. This application of the subwavelength aperture THz near-field microscopy for mode mapping and local spectroscopy demonstrates the potential of near-field methods for studies of subwavelength plasmonic THz resonators.
Oleg Mitrofanov, Irina Khromova, Thomas Siday, Robert J. Thompson, Andrey N. Ponomarev, Igal Brener, John L. Reno, 'Near-Field Spectroscopy and Imaging of Subwavelength Plasmonic Terahertz Resonators', IEEE Transactions on Terahertz Science and Technology, V.6, No. 3, pp. 382 - 388 (2016)
Our paper 'Tunable beam steering enabled by graphene metamaterials' (B. Orazbayev, M. Beruete, and I. Khromova) climbing up the list of Top Downloads in Optics Express.
Our paper 'Tunable beam steering enabled by graphene metamaterials' (B. Orazbayev, M. Beruete, and I. Khromova) in the list of Top Downloads in Optics Express.
We demonstrate tunable mid-infrared (MIR) beam steering devices based on multilayer graphene-dielectric metamaterials. The effective refractive index of such metamaterials can be manipulated by changing the chemical potential of each graphene layer. This can arbitrarily tailor the spatial distribution of the phase of the transmitted beam, providing mechanisms for active beam steering. Three different beam steerer (BS) designs are discussed: a graded-index (GRIN) graphene-based metamaterial block, an array of metallic waveguides filled with graphene-dielectric metamaterial and an array of planar waveguides created in a graphene-dielectric metamaterial block with a specific spatial profile of graphene sheets doping. The performances of the BSs are numerically analyzed, showing the tunability of the proposed designs for a wide range of output angles (up to approximately 70°). The proposed graphene-based tunable beam steering can be used in tunable transmitter/receiver modules for infrared imaging and sensing.
B. Orazbayev, M. Beruete, and I. Khromova Optics Express, Vol. 24, Issue 8, pp. 8848-8861 (2016) doi: 10.1364/OE.24.008848
Dr. Irina Khromova