Abstract

We experimentally demonstrated a tunable terahertz bandpass filter based on microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) reconfigurable metamaterials. The unit cell of the filter consists of two split-ring resonators (SRRs) and a movable bar. Initially, the movable bar situates at the center of the unit cell, and the filter has two passbands whose central frequencies locate at 0.65 and 0.96 THz. The intensity of the two passbands can be actively modulated by the movable bar, and a maximum modulation depth of 96% is achieved at 0.96 THz. The mechanism of tunability is investigated using the finite-integration time-domain method. The result shows that the image currents induced on the movable bar are opposite the resonance currents induced on the SRRs and, thus, weaken the oscillating intensity of the resonance currents. This scheme paves the way to dynamically control and switch the terahertz wave at some constant frequencies utilizing induced image currents.

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