Abstract

A frequency-tunable metamaterial absorber is designed with the unit cell consisting of a varactor-loaded fishnet-like resonator. This geometry allows all cathode and anode pads of the unit cells to be connected to their counterparts. Hence, only the ends of the periodic structure need to be biased, reducing the complexity of the bias network. The absorber was modeled using a full-wave simulation tool and verified experimentally with a 20×20 unit-cell prototype. Using free-space measurements, the absorber shows >90% absorption ratio from 3.96 to 5.29 GHz with a frequency tuning ratio of 28.7%, when the reverse voltage varied from 0 to 19 V.

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