Resonant transmission of microwaves through a hexagonal array of holes in a thin metal layer
Suckling, James R.
Sambles, J. Roy
Lawrence, Christopher R.
University of Exeter; QinetiQ Ltd., Farnborough
New Journal of Physics
Institute of Physics and Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft
Resonant transmission of microwaves through a hexagonal array of holes in a very thin aluminium layer is studied. The array of holes, with diameter much less than the incident wavelength, leads to a strong transmission peak at a frequency just lower than the diffraction limit of the array. The results are well-modelled using a finite element package. The effect of metal depth on transmission intensity and the maximum efficiency of the hole array is also explored. Further experimental data are presented for the transmission of microwaves as a function of angle of incidence. It is shown that strong transmission occurs at frequencies just lower than the diffraction edges of the array. Incidentally, it is also shown that less than 0.01% of normally incident microwave radiation is transmitted through a continuous metal layer of thickness only 40% of the skin depth.
Copyright © 2007 IOP Publishing Ltd and Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft. This is the published version of an article published in New Journal of Physics Vol. 9, article 101. DOI: 10.1088/1367-2630/9/4/101
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