Applied Physics B

, Volume 112, Issue 2, pp 143–152

Metamaterial polarization converter analysis: limits of performance

  • Dmitry L. Markovich
  • Andrei Andryieuski
  • Maksim Zalkovskij
  • Radu Malureanu
  • Andrei V. Lavrinenko
Article

Abstract

In this paper, we analyze the theoretical limits of a metamaterial-based converter with orthogonal linear eigenpolarizations that allow linear-to-elliptical polarization transformation with any desired ellipticity and ellipse orientation. We employ the transmission line approach providing a needed level of the design generalization. Our analysis reveals that the maximal conversion efficiency for transmission through a single metamaterial layer is 50 %, while the realistic reflection configuration can give the conversion efficiency up to 90 %. We show that a double layer transmission converter and a single layer with a ground plane can have 100 % polarization conversion efficiency. We tested our conclusions numerically reaching the designated limits of efficiency using a simple metamaterial design. Our general analysis provides useful guidelines for the metamaterial polarization converter design for virtually any frequency range of the electromagnetic waves.

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • Dmitry L. Markovich
    • 1
  • Andrei Andryieuski
    • 2
  • Maksim Zalkovskij
    • 2
  • Radu Malureanu
    • 2
  • Andrei V. Lavrinenko
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Photonics and Information TechnologySt. Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and OpticsSt. PetersburgRussian Federation
  2. 2.Department of Photonics EngineeringTechnical University of DenmarkKongens LyngbyDenmark

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