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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 13 — Jun. 22, 2009
  • pp: 10800–10805

Optical magnetic plasma in artificial flowers

Jingjing Li, Lars Thylen, Alexander Bratkovsky, Shih-Yuan Wang, and R. Stanley Williams  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 13, pp. 10800-10805 (2009)

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We report the design of an artificial flower-like structure that supports a magnetic plasma in the optical domain. The structure is composed of alternating “petals” of conventional dielectrics (ε>0) and plasmonic materials (Re(ε)<0). The induced effective magnetic current on such a structure possesses a phase lag with respect to the incident TE-mode magnetic field, similar to the phase lag between the induced electric current and the incident TM-mode electric field on a metal wire. An analogy is thus drawn with an artificial electric plasma composed of metal wires driven by a radio frequency excitation. The effective medium of an array of flowers has a negative permeability within a certain wavelength range, thus behaving as a magnetic plasma.

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OCIS Codes
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(260.3910) Physical optics : Metal optics
(160.3918) Materials : Metamaterials

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Original Manuscript: March 30, 2009
Revised Manuscript: June 2, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: June 3, 2009
Published: June 12, 2009

Jingjing Li, Lars Thylen, Alexander Bratkovsky, Shiy-Yuan Wang, and R. Stanley Williams, "Optical magnetic plasma in artificial flowers," Opt. Express 17, 10800-10805 (2009)

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