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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 22, Iss. 6 — Mar. 24, 2014
  • pp: 7337–7348

Near-perfect absorption in epsilon-near-zero structures with hyperbolic dispersion

Klaus Halterman and J. Merle Elson  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue 6, pp. 7337-7348 (2014)

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We investigate the interaction of polarized electromagnetic waves with hyperbolic metamaterial structures, whereby the in-plane permittivity component εx is opposite in sign to the normal component εz. We find that when the thickness of the metamaterial is smaller than the wavelength of the incident wave, hyperbolic metamaterials can absorb significantly higher amounts of electromagnetic energy compared to their conventional counterparts. We also demonstrate that for wavelengths leading to ℜ(εz) ≈ 0, near-perfect absorption arises and persists over a range of frequencies and subwavelength structure thicknesses.

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(160.1190) Materials : Anisotropic optical materials
(160.3918) Materials : Metamaterials

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Original Manuscript: January 10, 2014
Revised Manuscript: February 28, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: March 4, 2014
Published: March 21, 2014

Klaus Halterman and J. Merle Elson, "Near-perfect absorption in epsilon-near-zero structures with hyperbolic dispersion," Opt. Express 22, 7337-7348 (2014)

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