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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 8 — Apr. 9, 2012
  • pp: 8982–8997

Covariant description of transformation optics in nonlinear media

Oliver Paul and Marco Rahm  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 8, pp. 8982-8997 (2012)

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The technique of transformation optics (TO) is an elegant method for the design of electromagnetic media with tailored optical properties. In this paper, we focus on the formal structure of TO theory. By using a complete covariant formalism, we present a general transformation law that holds for arbitrary materials including bianisotropic, magneto-optical, nonlinear and moving media. Due to the principle of general covariance, the formalism is applicable to arbitrary space-time coordinate transformations and automatically accounts for magneto-electric coupling terms. The formalism is demonstrated for the calculation of the second harmonic wave generation in a twisted TO concentrator.

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OCIS Codes
(000.3860) General : Mathematical methods in physics
(080.2710) Geometric optics : Inhomogeneous optical media
(190.0190) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics
(350.4600) Other areas of optics : Optical engineering
(350.5720) Other areas of optics : Relativity
(160.3918) Materials : Metamaterials

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

Original Manuscript: January 18, 2012
Revised Manuscript: March 22, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: March 25, 2012
Published: April 3, 2012

Oliver Paul and Marco Rahm, "Covariant description of transformation optics in nonlinear media," Opt. Express 20, 8982-8997 (2012)

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