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Materials 2018, 11(6), 956; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma11060956

Wide-Band Circularly Polarized ReflectarrayUsing Graphene-Based Pancharatnam-Berry Phase Unit-Cells for Terahertz Communication

Beijing Key Laboratory of Network System Architecture and Convergence, School of Information and Communication Engineering, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Beijing 100876, China
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Received: 2 May 2018 / Revised: 31 May 2018 / Accepted: 1 June 2018 / Published: 5 June 2018
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Abstract

A wide-band and high gain circularly polarized (CP) graphene-based reflectarray operating in the THz regime is proposed and theoretically investigated in this paper. The proposed reflectarray consists of a THz CP source and several graphene-based unit-cells. Taking advantages of the Pancharatnam Berry (PB) phase principle, the graphene-based unit-cell is capable of realizing a tunable phase range of 360° in a wide-band (1.4–1.7 THz) by unit-cell rotating, overcoming the restriction of intrinsic narrow-band resonance in graphene. Therefore, this graphene-based unit-cell exhibits superior bandwidth and phase tunability to its previous counterparts. To demonstrate this, a wide-band (1.4–1.7 THz) focusing metasurface based on the proposed unit-cell that exhibits excellent focusing effect was designed. Then, according to the reversibility of the optical path, a CP reflectarray was realized by placing a wide-band CP THz source at the focal point of the metasurface. Numerical simulation demonstrates that this reflectarray can achieve a stable high gain up to 15 dBic and an axial ratio around 2.1 dB over the 1.4–1.7 THz band. The good radiation performance of the proposed CP reflectarray, as demonstrated, underlines its suitability for the THz communication applications. Moreover, the design principle of this graphene-based reflectarray with a full 360° phase range tunable unit-cells provides a new pathway to design high-performance CP reflectarray in the THz regime. View Full-Text
Keywords: circularly polarized; Pancharatnam Berry phase; graphene; metasurface circularly polarized; Pancharatnam Berry phase; graphene; metasurface
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Deng, L.; Zhang, Y.; Zhu, J.; Zhang, C. Wide-Band Circularly Polarized ReflectarrayUsing Graphene-Based Pancharatnam-Berry Phase Unit-Cells for Terahertz Communication. Materials 2018, 11, 956.

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