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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 7 — Mar. 31, 2008
  • pp: 4774–4784

Focusing properties of Gaussian beams by a slab of Kerr-type left-handed metamaterial

Yonghua Hu, Shuangchun Wen, Hui Zhuo, Kaiming You, and Dianyuan Fan  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 7, pp. 4774-4784 (2008)

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Kerr-type left-handed metamaterial (LHM) slab is proved to have an effect of focusing paraxial Gaussian beams and changing their waist radius, as conventional lens can do. The expressions for the focusing distance and the spot radius at the focal point are derived by the variational approach. We show that the incident Gaussian beams can be compressed or expanded by a single Kerr LHM slab, according to the sign of the Kerr nonlinearity and the divergence of the incident beam. Especially, it is demonstrated the focusing properties are significantly tuned by the slab thickness, the beam power and the divergence of the incident Gaussian beam.

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OCIS Codes
(190.0190) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics
(190.3270) Nonlinear optics : Kerr effect
(350.3618) Other areas of optics : Left-handed materials

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: January 3, 2008
Revised Manuscript: March 14, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: March 18, 2008
Published: March 24, 2008

Yonghua Hu, Shuangchun Wen, Hui Zhuo, Kaiming You, and Dianyuan Fan, "Focusing properties of Gaussian beams by a slab of Kerr-type left-handed metamaterial," Opt. Express 16, 4774-4784 (2008)

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