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Volume 2007 (2007), Article ID 49691, 10 pages
Research Article

Effects of Microstructure Variations on Macroscopic Terahertz Metafilm Properties

Los Alamos National Laboratory, P.O. Box 1663, MS K771, Los Alamos, NM 87545, USA

Received 4 September 2007; Accepted 12 October 2007

Academic Editor: Yalin Lu

Copyright © 2007 John F. O'Hara et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The properties of planar, single-layer metamaterials, or metafilms, are studied by varying the structural components of the split-ring resonators used to comprise the overall medium. Measurements and simulations reveal how minor design variations in split-ring resonator structures can result in significant changes in the macroscopic properties of the metafilm. A transmission-line/circuit model is also used to clarify some of the behavior and design limitations of the metafilms. Though our results are illustrated in the terahertz frequency range, the work has broader implications, particularly with respect to filtering, modulation, and switching devices.