Abstract

Terahertz time-domain spectroscopy probes anomalous phase-shift caused by wave diffraction from a subwavelength-scale metal slit or aperture. Carrier frequency phase measurements in the far-field region reveals that nearly 30° phase advance is induced from a subwavelength slit diffraction and that 180° phase-advance from a subwavelength aperture. These results indicate that the conventional 90° phase advance of diffracted waves in the far-field region, known as the Gouy phase shift, is not valid for subwavelength diffraction phenomena. The physical origin of these phase-shift anomalies is attributed to induced electric currents or magnetic dipole radiation, and theoretical analyses based on these factors are in good agreement with the experimental results.

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