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Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Editor: Henry van Driel
  • Vol. 27, Iss. 8 — Aug. 1, 2010
  • pp: 1610–1616

Effect of gain saturation in a gain compensated perfect lens

Marte P. Hatlo Andresen, Aleksander V. Skaldebø, Magnus W. Haakestad, Harald E. Krogstad, and Johannes Skaar  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 27, Issue 8, pp. 1610-1616 (2010)

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The transmission of evanescent waves in a gain compensated perfect lens is discussed. In particular, the impact of gain saturation is included in the analysis, and a method for calculating the fields of such nonlinear systems is developed. Gain compensation clearly improves the resolution; however, a number of nonideal effects arise as a result of gain saturation. The resolution associated with the lens is strongly dependent on the saturation constant of the active medium.

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OCIS Codes
(160.4670) Materials : Optical materials
(260.2110) Physical optics : Electromagnetic optics
(160.3918) Materials : Metamaterials

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Original Manuscript: May 12, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: June 1, 2010
Published: July 22, 2010

Marte P. Hatlo Andresen, Aleksander V. Skaldebø, Magnus W. Haakestad, Harald E. Krogstad, and Johannes Skaar, "Effect of gain saturation in a gain compensated perfect lens," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 27, 1610-1616 (2010)

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