Volume 87, Number 3, August 2009
Article Number 34002
Number of page(s) 6
Section Electromagnetism, Optics, Acoustics, Heat Transfer, Classical Mechanics, and Fluid Dynamics
Published online 27 August 2009
EPL, 87 (2009) 34002
DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/87/34002

Physical bounds on the all-spectrum transmission through periodic arrays

M. Gustafsson1, C. Sohl1, C. Larsson1, 2 and D. Sjöberg1

1   Department of Electrical and Information Technology, Lund University - Lund, Sweden, EU
2   Saab Bofors Dynamics AB - Linköping, Sweden, EU

received 8 May 2009; accepted in final form 21 July 2009; published August 2009
published online 27 August 2009

We show that the blockage in transmission of a screen with a periodic microstructure integrated over all wavelengths is bounded by the static polarizability per unit area of the screen. Physical bounds on the co-polarized transmission coefficient over a wavelength interval are presented using only information from the zero-frequency properties of the microstructure. The theoretical results are compared to and verified by measurements on a screen composed of a large number of split ring resonators printed on a dielectric substrate.

41.20.Jb - Electromagnetic wave propagation; radiowave propagation.
61.05.-a - Techniques for structure determination.
71.15.-m - Methods of electronic structure calculations.

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