Date of Award

Fall 2008

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Physics - (Ph.D.)

Department

Federated Physics Department

First Advisor

John Francis Federici

Second Advisor

Robert Benedict Barat

Third Advisor

Dale E. Gary

Fourth Advisor

Andrei Sirenko

Fifth Advisor

M. Vargas

Abstract

Conventional materials exhibit some restrictions on their electromagnetic properties. Especially in terahertz region, for example, materials that exhibit magnetic response are far less common in nature than materials that exhibit electric response. However, materials can be designed, namely artificial man-made metamaterials that exhibit electromagnetic properties that are not found in natural materials by adjusting, for example, the dielectric, magnetic or structural parameters of the constituent elements.

This dissertation demonstrates the use of new fabrication techniques to construct metamaterials in THz range via a material deposition system. The metamaterials are fabricated by stacking alternative layers with conventional designs such as single ring- split ring resonators (SRR) and microstrips to form a 3D metamaterial structure. Conductive nano-particle Ag, Cu and semiconductor polymer fluids are used as structural mediums. The metamaterials are fabricated on polyimide substrate. Their flexible nature will be advantageous in future device innovations. In order to obtain electromagnetic resonance in the terahertz range, the dimensions of the single ring-SRR and microstrips are first approximated by analytical methods and then confirmed by numerical simulation. The fabricated metamaterials are then characterized in transmission mode using Time-domain THz Spectroscopy (THz-TDS) in the 0.1 to 2 THz range.

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