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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 11 — May. 28, 2007
  • pp: 6534–6545

Wide band negative magnetic permeability materials (NMPM) with composite metal-semiconductor structures based on the Drude model, and applications to negative-refractive index (NIM)

A. Benedetti, C. Sibilia, and M. Bertolotti  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 11, pp. 6534-6545 (2007)

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Composite structures based on metal open rings and thin wires are well established, for obtaining efficient negative index materials (NIM), acting as metamaterials in the long wavelength regime. The main losses are due both to metal absorption and to the inner electric resistance of metals; to overcome this latter loss we propose a new metal-semiconductor structure dimensioned by direct synthesis method, which offers an almost perfect Drude-like effective magnetic permeability. The choice of particular semiconductor components allows to get a negative resistance for the current induced by the electromagnetic field, which cancels that of the metal but puts a limit to the spectral response of the metamaterial. We consider some parasite effects, such as bianisotropy and incorrect values of structural parameters, to see limitations and features of this new NIM technology.

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OCIS Codes
(160.2100) Materials : Electro-optical materials
(160.4670) Materials : Optical materials
(160.6000) Materials : Semiconductor materials

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Original Manuscript: January 30, 2007
Revised Manuscript: March 19, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: March 30, 2007
Published: May 14, 2007

A. Benedetti, C. Sibilia, and M. Bertolotti, "Wide band negative magnetic permeability materials (NMPM) with composite metalsemiconductor structures based on the Drude model, and applications to negative-refractive index (NIM)," Opt. Express 15, 6534-6545 (2007)

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