Microplasma Photonic Crystal and Metamaterials Development

Stephen Samples Richard Wirz

The Plasma and Space Propulsion Lab is undertaking research into the generation of small DC plasma elements for incorporation into photonic crystals and metamaterial devices. These devices can precisely control EM radiation in the form of waveguides, splitters, multiplexers, bandgap filters, and more. The inclusion of plasma elements gives these devices rapid tunability and modulation, widening their applications and expanding the frontier of ultra-fast electronics. Current efforts include development of a prototype DC discharge to create the densities and temperatures representative of the plasma environment in photonic crystals.