Terahertz waveguiding between parallel dielectric films

Yi Pan, Steven R. Andrews

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We report a study of terahertz waveguiding between parallel dielectric films, a system that can be viewed as a planar analogue of hollow core fibres that exploit anti-resonant reflection optical waveguiding (ARROW). With the aid of time domain waveguide mode imaging, the frequency dependent transition from ARROW to total internal reflection guiding in the individual films as the film separation is reduced and the effect on the transmission of adding variably spaced cladding layers are clearly revealed. Good agreement for the transmission, dispersion and loss is obtained with simple analytical models for film separations greater than about five wavelengths suggesting that the same models could be usefully used to predict the behaviour in the case of the technologically more important cylindrical geometry.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)274-283
Number of pages10
JournalOptics Express
Issue number1
Early online date6 Jan 2015
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jan 2015


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