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Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Editor: Henry Van Driel
  • Vol. 26, Iss. 11 — Nov. 1, 2009
  • pp: 1994–1998

Paraxial approximation of a negative index slab by twin telescopes

Pascal Kockaert  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 26, Issue 11, pp. 1994-1998 (2009)

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Since the concept of left-handed material has been introduced, many systems have been presented that exhibit similar properties to these materials, such as negative group velocity, negative refraction, or negative diffraction. We propose what we believe to be a new approximation of a slab of left-handed metamaterial by a system containing three lenses in an arrangement of two identical telescopes. We show that the twin telescopes and the negative index slab share the same ray transfer matrix. We discuss the limits of the approximation and present examples for which it is fully valid.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(050.1940) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction
(080.2730) Geometric optics : Matrix methods in paraxial optics
(110.4850) Imaging systems : Optical transfer functions
(160.3918) Materials : Metamaterials

ToC Category:
Imaging Systems

Original Manuscript: August 7, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: August 24, 2009
Published: October 5, 2009

Pascal Kockaert, "Paraxial approximation of a negative index slab by twin telescopes," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 26, 1994-1998 (2009)

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