Abstract

We investigated a hypersensitive and tunable terahertz (THz) wave switch based on liquid-crystal-filled non-Bragg structures. Non-Bragg structures, which consist of periodically corrugated metallic tube walls, provide spectra with very sharp rising edges, making them usable for sensitive switching. Tunability can be achieved by dynamically shifting the rising edge of a THz spectrum by using an externally applied magnetic field to change the orientations of the nematic liquid crystal (E7) molecules. The simulated results revealed that the switch effects are hypersensitive and tunable in the THz frequency range and that such switches could be applicable in future THz systems.

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