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Journal of the Optical Society of America A


  • Editor: Stephen A. Burns
  • Vol. 26, Iss. 11 — Nov. 1, 2009
  • pp: 2340–2345

A racemic approach to left-handed media

Cesar Monzon  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 26, Issue 11, pp. 2340-2345 (2009)

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It is established theoretically that racemic substances characterized by isomers with strong optical rotatory power are capable of producing negative refraction and focusing of arbitrarily polarized waves. A slab of such racemic material, while not chiral, acts just like Veselago’s hypothetical left-handed media slab, providing subwavelength resolution as Pendry’s ideal lens does and opening an avenue for optical and IR realizations. RF-microwave implementations in random and lattice fashion are also proposed.

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OCIS Codes
(000.2690) General : General physics
(160.1245) Materials : Artificially engineered materials
(160.1585) Materials : Chiral media
(160.3918) Materials : Metamaterials

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Original Manuscript: March 5, 2009
Revised Manuscript: July 24, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: July 25, 2009
Published: October 13, 2009

Cesar Monzon, "A racemic approach to left-handed media," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 26, 2340-2345 (2009)

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