Photonic metamaterials

N M. Litchinitser, Department of Electrical Engineering, The State University of New York at Buffalo
V. M. Shalaev, Birck Nanotechnology Center and School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University

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The invention of metamaterials prompts reconsideratiou of a number of fundamental physical phenomena and enables a variety of unique properties and functionalities, These include negative refractive index, magnetism at optical frequencies, sub-wavelength resolution, "backward" phase matching conditions for nonlinear optical processes, and even rendering objects invisible - cloaking. In this brief review, recent progress in basic theory, design, fabrication, characterization, and potential applications of optical metamaterials is discussed.


Nanoscience and Nanotechnology