Flexible and stackable terahertz metamaterials via silver-nanoparticle inkjet printing
There is presently much interest in tunable, flexible, or reconfigurable metamaterial structures that work in the terahertz frequency range. They can be useful for a range of applications, including spectroscopy, sensing, imaging, and communications. Various methods based on microelectromechanical systems have been used for fabricating terahertz metamaterials, but they typically require high-cost facilities and involve a number of time-consuming and intricate processes. Here, we demonstrate a simple, robust, and cost-effective method for fabricating flexible and stackable multiresonant terahertz metamaterials, using silver nanoparticle inkjet printing. Using this method, we designed and fabricated two arrays of split-ring resonators (SRRs) having different resonant frequencies on separate sheets of paper and then combined the two arrays by stacking. Through terahertz time-domain spectroscopy, we observed resonances at the frequencies expected for the individual SRR arrays as well as at a new frequency due to coupling between the two SRR arrays.
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