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Backward cylindrical leaky waves radiating in the direction of their central axis represent an efficient solution for generating nondiffracting Bessel-like beams. The structures proposed so far to support such waves, constituted by concentric metal rings printed on a grounded dielectric slab, ensure the formation of nondiffractive field patterns with preset unchangeable configurations at a given frequency. Here, we propose the adoption of subwavelength spiral filaments with controlled patterning of the envelope figure by dynamic mechanical deformations, in order to achieve spatial tuning of the nondiffractive region in its size and shape. Precise guidelines and examples are provided to describe the proposed design technique and underline the inherent advantages of this alternative technological solution.
IOP Publishing
Publication date: 
17 May 2021

Alessio Benedetti, Walter Fuscaldo, Davide Comite, Silvia Tofani, Paolo Baccarelli, Alessandro Galli, Paolo Burghignoli

Biblio References: 
Volume: 54 Issue: 30 Pages: 305102
Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics