Low-loss modes in hollow metallic terahertz waveguides with dielectric coatings

Bowden, Bradley; Harrington, James A.; Mitrofanov, Oleg
November 2008
Applied Physics Letters;11/3/2008, Vol. 93 Issue 18, p181104
Academic Journal
Cylindrical hollow-core metallic waveguides with an inner coating of polystyrene (PS) deposited over silver have losses less than 1dB/m for terahertz waves propagating in the HE11 mode. The thickness of the PS film determines whether the hybrid HE11 mode or the transverse TE01 mode exhibits the lowest loss. The mode selection is confirmed by studying mode profiles and transmission losses at 2.5 THz in waveguides with the dielectric coating thickness ranging from 0 to the optimum value of approximately 10 μm.


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