We analyze the distribution of coherent terahertz radiation from a regular hexagonal microstrip antenna (MSA) made from the high-Tc superconductor Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+x (BSCCO). We discuss the C6v symmetry of the solutions of the wave equation on a hexagonal domain and distinguish between the closed-form and non-closed-form solutions. The closed-form wavefunctions of the transverse magnetic (TM) electromagnetic cavity modes are presented and formulas for the radiated power arising from the uniform part of the AC Josephson current and from the resonant cavity modes are derived. The wavefunctions and angular distribution of radiation from both sources are plotted for sixteen of the lowest-energy modes. Finally, we comment on the relevance of these power distributions to hexagonal arrays of equilateral triangular MSAs and propose a strategy for studying the non-closed-form modes.
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
College of Sciences
Orlando (Main) Campus
Davis, Andrew E., "Power Distribution of Terahertz Emission from Hexagonal BSCCO Microstrip Antennas" (2017). Honors in the Major Theses. 241.