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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 12 — Jun. 11, 2007
  • pp: 7786–7801

Imaging properties of photonic crystals

J.L. Garcia-Pomar and M. Nieto-Vesperinas  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 12, pp. 7786-7801 (2007)

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We observe, by means of finite element calculations, that some photonic crystals produce negative refraction with almost circular isofrequency lines of their band diagram, so that a slab of this structure presents a large degree of isoplanatism and thus can behave like an imaging system. However, it has aberrations on comparison with a model of ideal lossless left-handed material within an effective medium theory. Further, we see that it does not produce subwavelength focusing. We discuss the limitations and requirements for such photonic crystal slabs to yield superresolved images of extended objects.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(100.6640) Image processing : Superresolution
(110.2990) Imaging systems : Image formation theory
(110.4850) Imaging systems : Optical transfer functions

ToC Category:
Photonic Crystals

Original Manuscript: February 6, 2007
Revised Manuscript: April 27, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: May 16, 2007
Published: June 8, 2007

J. L. Garcia-Pomar and M. Nieto-Vesperinas, "Imaging properties of photonic crystals," Opt. Express 15, 7786-7801 (2007)

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