Reconfigurable and tunable metamaterials: A review of the theory and applications

Jeremiah P. Turpin, Jeremy A. Bossard, Kenneth L. Morgan, Douglas H. Werner, Pingjuan L. Werner

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Metamaterials are being applied to the development and construction of many new devices throughout the electromagnetic spectrum. Limitations posed by the metamaterial operational bandwidth and losses can be effectively mitigated through the incorporation of tunable elements into the metamaterial devices. There are wide range of approaches that have been advanced in the literature for adding reconfiguration to metamaterial devices all the way from the RF through the optical regimes, but some techniques are useful only for certain wavelength bands. A range of tuning techniques span from active circuit elements introduced into the resonant conductive metamaterial geometries to constituent materials that change electromagnetic properties under specific environmental stimuli. This paper presents a survey of the development of reconfigurable and tunable metamaterial technology as well as of the applications where such capabilities are valuable.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number429837
JournalInternational Journal of Antennas and Propagation
StatePublished - 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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