3D printed hollow-core terahertz optical waveguides with hyperuniform disordered dielectric reflectors
Novel hollow-core THz waveguides featuring hyperuniform disordered reflectors are proposed, fabricated, and characterized. The reflector comprises aperiodically positioned dielectric cylinders connected with dielectric bridges. The proposed waveguides are fabricated using a 3D MultiJet printer. Optical properties of the fabricated waveguides are investigated numerically using finite element method, as well as experimentally using terahertz time-domain spectroscopy. The results confirm that proposed waveguides exhibit sizable photonic bandgaps (21%) even with relatively low refractive index contrast (resin/air). Position of the bandgaps can be easily tuned by varying reflector geometrical parameters.