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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 2 — Jan. 18, 2010
  • pp: 463–472

Tunable negative group index in metamaterial structures with large form birefringence

Kirill Sinchuk, Richard Dudley, John D. Graham, Michael Clare, Mesfin Woldeyohannes, John O. Schenk, Robert P. Ingel, Weiguo Yang, and Michael A. Fiddy  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 2, pp. 463-472 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.18.000463


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Abstract

We experimentally verify the anomalous phase behavior in metamaterial structures with birefringent materials predicted by Mandatori, et. al. using form birefringent structures. Large birefringence as much as Δn/n = 0.7 has been achieved by surface-treated form birefringent discs, making compact single layer Mandatori structures viable. With a reduced model of a single layer birefringent structure, the relationship between design parameters (thickness and orientation angle) and device operation and performance parameters (such as the center operation frequency, bandwidth, effective negative index, negative group index of refraction, and the transmission throughput) are derived and verified experimentally. Tunable group index of refraction from strong slow light of ng = 29.6 to fast light of ng = -1.1 are measured experimentally.

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OCIS Codes
(050.2555) Diffraction and gratings : Form birefringence
(160.3918) Materials : Metamaterials

ToC Category:
Metamaterials

History
Original Manuscript: September 21, 2009
Revised Manuscript: November 13, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: November 18, 2009
Published: January 4, 2010

Citation
Kirill Sinchuk, Richard Dudley, John D. Graham, Michael Clare, Mesfin Woldeyohannes, John O. Schenk, Robert P. Ingel, Weiguo Yang, and Michael A. Fiddy, "Tunable negative group index in metamaterial structures with large form birefringence," Opt. Express 18, 463-472 (2010)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-18-2-463


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