Metamaterial is electrically switched from reflector to absorber
An electrically controllable metamaterial developed by a group at Nanjing University (China) can be switched to independently reflect or absorb light for either or both TE and TM polarizations; the effect is valid for incidence angles ranging from 0° to 50°.
The metamaterial actually contains two independent layers, one to switch each polarization. Each layer contains an array of electric-LC (inductor-capacitor) resonators on top of a dielectric, with a metallic film underneath. The wave impedance of the metamaterial matches that of free space; a resonance causes absorption of the microwaves. A forward-bias voltage on the diodes created in the structure causes the resonance to be destroyed, boosting reflection. The reflection is continuously tunable from zero to maximum. The figures show reflection of the metamaterial for the two orthogonal polarizations (TE and TM) at various incidence angles with the diodes either on (applied voltage) or off (no voltage). Contact Yijun Feng firstname.lastname@example.org.