We explore a novel mechanism for slowing down THz waves based on metallic grating structures with graded depths, whose dispersion curves and cutoff frequencies are different at different locations. Since the group velocity of spoof surface plasmons at the cutoff frequency is extremely low, THz waves are actually stopped at different positions for different frequencies. The separation between stopped waves can be tuned by changing the grade of the grating depths. This structure offers the advantage of reducing the speed of the light over an ultrawide spectral band, and the ability to operate at various temperatures, but demands a stringent requirement for the temperature stability. © 2008 The American Physical Society.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Physical Review Letters|
|State||Published - Jun 27 2008|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physics and Astronomy(all)