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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 11, Iss. 7 — Apr. 7, 2003
  • pp: 735–745

Plasmon modes and negative refraction in metal nanowire composites

Viktor A. Podolskiy, Andrey K. Sarychev, and Vladimir M. Shalaev  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 11, Issue 7, pp. 735-745 (2003)

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Optical properties of metal nanowires and nanowire composite materials are studied. An incident electromagnetic wave can effectively couple to the propagating surface plasmon polariton (SPP) modes in metal nanowires resulting in very large local fields. The excited SPP modes depend on the structure of nanowires and their orientation with respect to incident radiation. A nanowire percolation composite is shown to have a broadband spectrum of localized plasmon modes. We also show that a composite of nanowires arranged into parallel pairs can act as a left-handed material with the effective magnetic permeability and dielectric permittivity both negative in the visible and near-infrared spectral ranges.

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OCIS Codes
(160.4670) Materials : Optical materials
(260.5740) Physical optics : Resonance
(310.6860) Thin films : Thin films, optical properties

ToC Category:
Focus Issue: Negative refraction and metamaterials

Original Manuscript: February 10, 2003
Revised Manuscript: March 31, 2003
Published: April 7, 2003

Viktor Podolskiy, Andrey Sarychev, and Vladimir Shalaev, "Plasmon modes and negative refraction in metal nanowire composites," Opt. Express 11, 735-745 (2003)

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