Complete Polarization Conversion Characteristics of Dielectric Grating Composed of Left-Handed Materials

  • Weihai Fang
  • Shanjia Xu


The TE/TM polarization conversion characteristics of dielectric grating composed of left-handed materials for the case of plane wave oblique incidence are carefully investigated by a method which combines the multimode network theory with the rigorous mode matching method. It is indicated that complete polarization conversion between TE and TM modes can be realized using left-handed gratings. This can hardly achieve in the conventional right-handed gratings. Comparisons of polarization conversion properties between right-handed gratings and left-handed gratings are given with physical explanations. This unique merit of left-handed periodic structure is of important significance for accurate design of new millimeter wave TE/TM polarization converters.


Left-handed material (LHM) Dielectric periodic structure Polarization conversion TE/TM converters Multimode network 



The work described in this paper is supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 60471037) and (No. 60531020).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Electronics Engineering and Information ScienceUniversity of Science & Technology of ChinaHefeiPeople’s Republic of China

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