Applied Physics A

, 125:22 | Cite as

Bistable switching in electromagnetically induced-transparency-like meta-molecule

  • Y. Q. ChenEmail author
  • L. J. DongEmail author
  • Y. Fang
  • X. Z. Wu
  • Q. Y. Wu
  • J. Jiang
  • Y. L. Shi


We present a bistable electromagnetically induced-transparency-like meta-molecule configuration consisting of a microstrip line side-coupled with an open-ended comb line and a varactor-embedded split ring resonator. We find that such a configuration can generate an extremely high transmission contrast up to 15 dB between two bistable states in its transmission with a low bistability threshold of − 1.7 dBm. We also show that the sample length is shorter than one-twelfth of wavelength in the transmission line. These features may be useful in the applications based on nonlinear devices.



The authors gratefully acknowledge the financial support from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grants 51607119, 11504210, 11704273), Natural Science Foundation of Jiangsu Province (Grant BK20170375), Natural Science Foundation of Jiangsu Higher Education Institutions (Grants 17KJB140021, 17KJA140001), and Jiangsu Province Key Discipline of China’s 13th 5-year plan (Grant 20168765).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Micro and Nano Heat Fluid Flow Technology and Energy Application, School of Mathematics and PhysicsSuzhou University of Science and TechnologySuzhouChina
  2. 2.Institute of Solid State PhysicsShanxi Datong UniversityDatongChina
  3. 3.Key Laboratory of Advanced Micro-Structured Materials, MOE, School of Physics Science and EngineeringTongji UniversityShanghaiChina

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