OSA's Digital Library

Optics Express

Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 9 — May. 6, 2013
  • pp: 11338–11348

Metamaterial slab-based super-absorbers and perfect nanodetectors for single dipole sources

Guang-Yu Guo, Vasily Klimov, Shulin Sun, and Wei-Jin Zheng  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 9, pp. 11338-11348 (2013)

View Full Text Article

Enhanced HTML    Acrobat PDF (2789 KB)

Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Browse by Journal and Year


Lookup Conference Papers

Close Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Article Tools



We propose to use double negative (DNG) metamaterial slabs to build effective super-absorbers and perfect nanodetectors for single divergent sources. We demonstrate by numerical simulations that an absorbing nanoparticle properly placed inside a DNG slab back-covered with a perfect electric conductor or perfect magnetic conductor mirror can absorb up to 100% radiation energy of a single dipole source placed outside the slab. Furthermore, we also show that even the simple DNG slab without any absorbing nanoparticle could be used as a perfect absorber for both plane and divergent beams. The proposed systems may focus the radiation in nanoscale and thus have applications in optical nanodevices for a variety of different purposes.

© 2013 OSA

OCIS Codes
(130.3120) Integrated optics : Integrated optics devices
(270.5570) Quantum optics : Quantum detectors
(160.3918) Materials : Metamaterials
(350.4238) Other areas of optics : Nanophotonics and photonic crystals

ToC Category:

Original Manuscript: February 11, 2013
Revised Manuscript: March 22, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: March 27, 2013
Published: May 1, 2013

Guang-Yu Guo, Vasily Klimov, Shulin Sun, and Wei-Jin Zheng, "Metamaterial slab-based super-absorbers and perfect nanodetectors for single dipole sources," Opt. Express 21, 11338-11348 (2013)

Sort:  Author  |  Year  |  Journal  |  Reset  


  1. Y. D. Chong, L. Ge, H. Cao, and A. D. Stone, “Coherent perfect absorbers: time-reversed lasers,” Phys. Rev. Lett.105(5), 053901 (2010). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  2. W. Wan, Y. D. Chong, L. Ge, H. Noh, A. D. Stone, and H. Cao, “Time-reversed lasing and interferometric control of absorption,” Science331(6019), 889–892 (2011). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  3. S. Longhi, “PT-symmetric laser absorber,” Phys. Rev. A82(3), 031801 (2010). [CrossRef]
  4. S. Longhi, “Coherent perfect absorption in a homogeneously broadened two-level medium,” Phys. Rev. A83(5), 055804 (2011). [CrossRef]
  5. S. Dutta-Gupta, O. J. F. Martin, S. D. Gupta, and G. S. Agarwal, “Controllable coherent perfect absorption in a composite film,” Opt. Express20(2), 1330–1336 (2012). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  6. V. Klimov, S. Sun, and G.-Y. Guo, “Coherent perfect nanoabsorbers based on negative refraction,” Opt. Express20(12), 13071–13081 (2012). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  7. V. Shalaev and W. Cai, Optical Metamaterials: Fundamentals and Applications (Springer, 2010).
  8. M. E. de Cos and F. Las-Heras, “Novel Flexible Artificial Magnetic Conductor,” Int. J. Antennas Propag.2012, 353821 (2012). [CrossRef]
  9. V. Klimov, “Novel approach to a perfect lens,” JETP Lett.89(5), 229–232 (2009). [CrossRef]
  10. V. Klimov, J. Baudon, and M. Ducloy, “Comparative focusing of Maxwell and Dirac fields by negative refraction half-space,” Europhys. Lett.94(2), 20006 (2011). [CrossRef]
  11. E. M. Purcell, “Spontaneous emission probabilities at radio frequencies,” Phys. Rev.69, 681–681 (1946).
  12. V. Klimov, M. Ducloy, and V. S. Letokhov, “Spontaneous emission of an atom in the presence of nanobodies,” Quantum Electron.31(7), 569–586 (2001). [CrossRef]

Cited By

Alert me when this paper is cited

OSA is able to provide readers links to articles that cite this paper by participating in CrossRef's Cited-By Linking service. CrossRef includes content from more than 3000 publishers and societies. In addition to listing OSA journal articles that cite this paper, citing articles from other participating publishers will also be listed.

« Previous Article  |  Next Article »

OSA is a member of CrossRef.

CrossCheck Deposited