Use of terahertz photoconductive sources to characterize tunable graphene RF plasmonic antennas
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Graphene, owing to its ability to support plasmon polariton waves in the terahertz frequency range, enables the miniaturization and electrical tunability of antennas to allow wireless communications among nanosystems. One of the main challenges in the characterization and demonstration of graphene antennas is finding suitable terahertz sources to feed the antenna. This paper characterizes the performance of a graphene RF plasmonic antenna fed with a photoconductive source. The terahertz source is modeled and, by means of a full-wave EM solver, the radiated power as well as the tunable resonant frequency of the device is estimated with respect to material, laser illumination, and antenna geometry parameters. The results show that with this setup the antenna radiates terahertz pulses with an average power up to 1 µW and shows promising electrical frequency tunability.
CitationCabellos-Aparicio, A., Llatser, I., Alarcón, E., Hsu, A., Palacios, T. Use of terahertz photoconductive sources to characterize tunable graphene RF plasmonic antennas. "IEEE transactions on nanotechnology", Març 2015, vol. 14, núm. 2, p. 390-396.
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