Research progress of free-electron radiation based on metamaterials

State Key Laboratory of Advanced Optical Communication Systems and Networks, School of Electronics, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China

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Supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China under Contracts (NSAF U1830201, 61861130367, 61531002) and Newton Advanced Fellowship from Royal Society United Kingdom( NAF/R1/180121)

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    Various types of electromagnetic radiation can be stimulated by free electrons interact with the local electromagnetic environment. Metamaterial is a kind of artificial material, which can achieve unique characteristics that natural material cannot realize. Based on the interaction between the metamaterial and free electron, the radiation characteristics can be flexibly manipulated such as polarization, phase and wavefront, and so on. The related study provides a novel platform for developing novel free-electron radiation devices. This paper briefly introduces the physical mechanism of Cherenkov radiation and Smith-Purcell radiation. Then, the state-of-art of free-electron radiation in metamaterials is introduced. Finally, an outlook of potential research directions for this vigorous realm is provided.

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ZHU Juan-Feng, DU Chao-Hai. Research progress of free-electron radiation based on metamaterials[J]. Journal of Infrared and Millimeter Waves,2022,41(1):105~117

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  • Received:October 01,2021
  • Revised:January 17,2022
  • Adopted:November 11,2021
  • Online: January 17,2022
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