Optical properties of composites MWNTs/HDPE were explored by terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS). It was found that with the increasing of frequency from 0.4 to 2 THz the absorption coefficient increases gradually whereas the refractive index decreases. Furthermore, composites with thick MWNTs possesses larger absorption coefficient and index of refraction compared to that with the thin MWNTs at the same concentration. The dielectric properties of the MWNTs were extracted with reverse effective medium approach (REMA) from that of the composites. The results of the absorption coefficient and refractive index for MWNTs calculated from different concentrations coincides well with each other. The extracted results were then analyzed with the Drude model combined with a localized Lorentz absorption.

Wang Zhenqiang, Chen Xiliang , Liu Wei