Negative refraction is a startling phenomenon whereby light is bent the 'wrong way' as it refracts into a medium with negative refractive index. Now these conditions can be realized in metamaterials designed to have the desired properties. The consequences are far reaching and open a Pandora's box of possibilities in electromagnetism which scientists and engineers are just beginning to explore. The special issue authored by leading authorities covers key concepts in this emerging field.
© 2003 Optical Society of America
Focus Issue: Negative refraction and metamaterials
Original Manuscript: March 31, 2003
Revised Manuscript: March 7, 2003
Published: April 7, 2003
J. Pendry, "Introduction," Opt. Express 11, 639-639 (2003)
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