Applied Physics A

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A honeycomb-like three-dimensional metamaterial absorber via super-wideband and wide-angle performances at millimeter wave and low THz frequencies

  • Alireza Vahidi
  • Hamid Rajabalipanah
  • Ali Abdolali
  • Ahmad Cheldavi


Achieving wideband absorption via three-dimensional (3D) metamaterials has revealed as a new emerging innovative field of research, especially in recent years. Here, a novel 3D metamaterial absorber (MA) having a sixfold symmetry is designed which consists of periodic resistive honeycomb-like units. The proposed 3D MA exhibits a strong absorptivity above 90% in the widest bandwidth ever reported to the authors’ knowledge from 50 to 460 GHz (the bandwidth ratio larger than 1:9), covering both millimeter wave and low -terahertz spectra. To understand the physical mechanism of absorption, the electric field and surface current distributions, the power loss density as well as the deteriorating effects of the high-order Floquet modes are monitored and discussed. As a distinctive feature in comparison to the similar 3D MAs, our engineered absorber provides multiple resonances, contributing to further broadening of the operating bandwidth. In addition, it is shown that the honeycomb-like MA retains its polarization-insensitive absorption in a wide range of incident wave angles and polarization angles. Due to flexibility of the design, these superior performances can be simply extended to terahertz, infrared and visible frequencies, potentially leading to many promising applications in imaging, sensing, and camouflage technology.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alireza Vahidi
    • 1
  • Hamid Rajabalipanah
    • 1
    • 2
  • Ali Abdolali
    • 1
    • 2
  • Ahmad Cheldavi
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Electrical EngineeringIran University of Science and TechnologyTehranIran
  2. 2.School of Electrical Engineering, Applied Electromagnetic LaboratoryIran University of Science and TechnologyTehranIran

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