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Journal of the Optical Society of America B

Journal of the Optical Society of America B

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  • Editor: G. I. Stegeman
  • Vol. 23, Iss. 1 — Jan. 1, 2006
  • pp: 45–50

Sign of the refractive index in a gain medium with negative permittivity and permeability

Yi-Fan Chen, Peer Fischer, and Frank W. Wise  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA B, Vol. 23, Issue 1, pp. 45-50 (2006)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAB.23.000045


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Abstract

We show how the sign of the refractive index in any medium may be derived using a rigorous analysis based on Einstein causality. In particular, we consider left-handed materials, i.e., media that have negative permittivities and permeabilities at the frequency of interest. We find that the consideration of gain in such media can give rise to a positive refractive index.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(000.2690) General : General physics
(350.7420) Other areas of optics : Waves

ToC Category:
Metamaterials

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Yi-Fan Chen, Peer Fischer, and Frank W. Wise, "Sign of the refractive index in a gain medium with negative permittivity and permeability," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 23, 45-50 (2006)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josab/abstract.cfm?URI=josab-23-1-45

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