Engineering photonic density of states using metamaterials

Zubin Jacob, Purdue University - Main Campus
J Y. Kim, Purdue University - Main Campus
G V. Naik, Purdue University - Main Campus
Alexandra Boltasseva, Birck Nanotechnology Center, Purdue University
Evgenii Narimanov, Purdue University
V. M. Shalaev, Birck Nanotechnology Center and School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University

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DOI: 10.1007/s00340-010-4096-5

This document has been peer-reviewed.



The photonic density of states (PDOS), like its electronic counterpart, is one of the key physical quantities governing a variety of phenomena and hence PDOS manipulation is the route to new photonic devices. The PDOS is conventionally altered by exploiting the resonance within a device such as a microcavity or a bandgap structure like a photonic crystal. Here we show that nanostructured metamaterials with hyperbolic dispersion can dramatically enhance the photonic density of states paving the way for metamaterial-based PDOS engineering.


Engineering | Nanoscience and Nanotechnology