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  • Vol. 20, Iss. 15 — Jul. 16, 2012
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Nonmagnetic electromagnetic transparent wall realized by a metal-dielectric multilayer structure

Zhong Lei Mei, Yan Li Xu, Jing Bai, and Tie Jun Cui  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 15, pp. 16955-16967 (2012)
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Abstract

We present a nonmagnetic electromagnetic transparent wall (EMTW) using the principle of total transmission and phase compensation. The device consists of two or more nonmagnetic stacked anisotropic slabs. With proper design of the constitutive tensors and relative thicknesses of each slab, EMTW is achieved which is independent of the incident angle of striking EM waves. The realization of the anisotropic slabs and furthermore EMTW in the optical range is mimicked using a metal-dielectric nano-structured system with alternating Na3AlF6-Ag layers. Compared to the magnetic version, the new design makes a major step forward and provides a practical path to experimental demonstration of EMTW. The proposed structure has potential applications in the antireflection coatings, microwave absorbing materials, and high-performance radomes.

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1. Introduction

Metamaterials have sparked great attention recently due to their potentials in manipulating electromagnetic (EM) waves according to human’s expectation [1

1. R. A. Shelby, D. R. Smith, and S. Schultz, “Experimental verification of a negative index of refraction,” Science 292(5514), 77–79 (2001). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

4

4. J. Valentine, S. Zhang, T. Zentgraf, E. Ulin-Avila, D. A. Genov, G. Bartal, and X. Zhang, “Three-dimensional optical metamaterial with a negative refractive index,” Nature 455(7211), 376–379 (2008). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

]. Various structures have been proposed to engineer such materials, including SRRs [5

5. J. B. Pendry, A. J. Holden, D. J. Robbins, and W. J. Stewart, “Magnetism from conductors and enhanced nonlinear phenomena,” IEEE Trans. Microw. Theory Tech. 47(11), 2075–2084 (1999). [CrossRef]

], ELCs [6

6. B. J. Arritt, D. R. Smith, and T. Khraishi, “Equivalent circuit analysis of metamaterial strain-dependent effective medium parameters,” J. Appl. Phys. 109(7), 073512 (2011). [CrossRef]

], fishnet structures [7

7. V. D. Lam, J. B. Kim, S. J. Lee, and Y. P. Lee, “Left-handed behavior of combined and fishnet structures,” J. Appl. Phys. 103(3), 033107 (2008). [CrossRef]

], and so on, among which one structure stands out conspicuously because of its simple explanation and easy fabrication. The structure is realized based on the effective medium theory. In details, an anisotropic material with the demanded permittivity can be effectively implemented by a layered structure of thin, alternating metal and dielectric slabs. These artificially engineered anisotropic materials have applications in many areas, such as the negative refraction [8

8. A. J. Hoffman, L. Alekseyev, S. S. Howard, K. J. Franz, D. Wasserman, V. A. Podolskiy, E. E. Narimanov, D. L. Sivco, and C. Gmachl, “Negative refraction in semiconductor metamaterials,” Nat. Mater. 6(12), 946–950 (2007). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

], subwavelength imaging [9

9. B. Wood, J. B. Pendry, and D. P. Tsai, “Directed subwavelength imaging using a layered metal-dielectric system,” Phys. Rev. B 74(11), 115116 (2006). [CrossRef]

], optical hyperlenses [10

10. Z. Jacob, L. V. Alekseyev, and E. Narimanov, “Optical Hyperlens: Far-field imaging beyond the diffraction limit,” Opt. Express 14(18), 8247–8256 (2006). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

,11

11. Z. Liu, H. Lee, Y. Xiong, C. Sun, and X. Zhang, “Far-field optical hyperlens magnifying sub-diffraction-limited objects,” Science 315(5819), 1686 (2007). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

], and carpet cloaks [12

12. X. F. Xu, Y. J. Feng, Y. Hao, J. M. Zhao, and T. Jiang, “Infrared carpet cloak designed with uniform silicon grating structure,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 95(18), 184102 (2009). [CrossRef]

]. The structure is extremely useful for the applications at the optical spectrum due to the easy fabrication [8

8. A. J. Hoffman, L. Alekseyev, S. S. Howard, K. J. Franz, D. Wasserman, V. A. Podolskiy, E. E. Narimanov, D. L. Sivco, and C. Gmachl, “Negative refraction in semiconductor metamaterials,” Nat. Mater. 6(12), 946–950 (2007). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

,13

13. H. Lee, Z. Liu, Y. Xiong, C. Sun, and X. Zhang, “Development of optical hyperlens for imaging below the diffraction limit,” Opt. Express 15(24), 15886–15891 (2007). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

]. The oblique layered system can also serve as a universal element to build a variety of interesting functional components, including wave splitters, wave combiners, reflectionless field rotators [14

14. H. Y. Chen and C. T. Chan, “Transformation media that rotate electromagnetic fields,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 90(24), 241105 (2007). [CrossRef]

], and one-dimensional (1D) cloaking devices [15

15. S. Xi, H. S. Chen, B. Wu, and J. A. Kong, “One-directional perfect cloak created with homogeneous material,” IEEE Microw. Wireless Compon. Lett. 19(3), 131–133 (2009). [CrossRef]

]. The readers are kindly referred to some review papers for a broader perspective on metamaterials [16

16. D. R. Smith, J. B. Pendry, and M. C. K. Wiltshire, “Metamaterials and negative refractive index,” Science 305(5685), 788–792 (2004). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

18

18. C. M. Soukoulis and M. Wegener, “Past achievements and future challenges in the development of three-dimensional photonic metamaterials,” Nat. Photonics 5, 523–530 (2011).

].

One of the metamaterial applications is the electromagnetic transparent wall (EMTW), a 1D structure with special material parameters. When incident waves strike the structure, EMTW behaves like a vacuum with the same thickness [19

19. Z. L. Mei, T. M. Niu, J. Bai, and T. J. Cui, “Design of a one-dimensional electromagnetic transparent wall,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 27(10), 2237–2243 (2010). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

]. Two methods, one of which is based on the reflection and transmission coefficients and the other on transformation optics (TO), have been given to design the structure, which give rise to the same results [19

19. Z. L. Mei, T. M. Niu, J. Bai, and T. J. Cui, “Design of a one-dimensional electromagnetic transparent wall,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 27(10), 2237–2243 (2010). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

]. Like other devices designed by TO, however, EMTW can only be realized using magnetic and anisotropic metamaterials, which is difficult for realization, particularly in the optical region.

In this paper, we propose a new EMTW design with two (or more) nonmagnetic anisotropic slabs. By properly tuning the material parameters and optical axes of the slabs [20

20. Y. Zhang, B. Fluegel, and A. Mascarenhas, “Total negative refraction in real crystals for ballistic electrons and light,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 91(15), 157404 (2003). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

,21

21. Z. Liu, Z. Lin, and S. T. Chui, “Negative refraction and omnidirectional total transmission at a planar interface associated with a uniaxial medium,” Phys. Rev. B 69(11), 115402 (2004). [CrossRef]

], the requirement for magnetic materials can be totally alleviated. As an example for possible realization, the anisotropic slab is implemented by multi-layered structure of alternating nonmagnetic materials, one of which is silver and the other is Na3AlF6. Full-wave electromagnetic simulations based on the finite element method (FEM) clearly confirm the new design.

2. Theoretical design of EMTW

2.1 Dispersion equation in anisotropic media

2.2 Conditions for total transmission in anisotropic slabs

Consider an infinite anisotropic slab with thickness d and parameters given in Eq. (1), as shown in Fig. 1(a), where x = 0 and L are two surfaces of the slab. A TM wave strikes the surface at x = 0 with an angle α. Assume the magnetic fields in the three regions can be expressed as
Hz1=H0ej(kx1x+ky1y)+Dej(kx1x+ky1y),(x0),
(5a)
Hz2=Aej(kx2x+ky2y)+Bej(kx2x+ky2y),(0xd),
(5b)
Hz3=Cej[kx1(xd)+ky1y],(xd),
(5c)
where A, B, C and D are the amplitudes for incident and reflected waves in corresponding regions. Matching the boundary conditions at x = 0 and x = L, respectively, we have
{H0+D=A+BNA+N¯B=H0DA'+B'=CNA'+N¯B'=C,
(6)
whereN=1/Δ(ε21ky2+ε11kx2)(ε1/kx1), N¯=1/Δ(ε21ky2ε11kx2)(ε1/kx1), A'=Aejkx2d, and B'=Bejkx2d. And the transmission and reflection coefficients can be expressed as
r=DH0=RSR+S,
(7a)
t=CH0=2R+S,
(7b)
whereR=((N¯1)/(N¯N))ejkx2d+((1N)/(N¯N))ejkx2d, and

S=((N¯1)/(N¯N))Nejkx2d+((1N)/(N¯N))N¯ejkx2d.

If we demand the TM wave be fully transmitted through the slab without any reflection and independent of the incidence angle, then r=0 in Eq. (7a) must be assured, thusR=S. Notice the continuity of the tangential wave number, kx1=k0cosαandky2=k0sinα, and substitute these equations into Eq. (4), we obtain the conditions for total transmission, i.e.,

εuεv=1;ε11μ33=1
(8)

When the rotation angle is zero, Eq. (8) simply becomes εuεv=1;εuμ33=1, which is exactly the same as that in Ref [19

19. Z. L. Mei, T. M. Niu, J. Bai, and T. J. Cui, “Design of a one-dimensional electromagnetic transparent wall,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 27(10), 2237–2243 (2010). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

]. Using Eq. (3), we haveε11=cos2θεu+sin2θεv, therefore
sin2θ=((1/μ33)εu)/(εvεu).
(9)
This equation is used to determine the rotation angle of the optical axes. Assume that εu=K, εv=1/K and μ33=1for nonmagnetic materials, we have
sinθ=K1+K,cosθ=11+K,
(10)
where K should be a positive number.

2.3 Phase compensation

By properly designing the constitutive tensors of the slab, total transmission of the TM polarization wave is achieved. However, for the EMTW not to be detected from the outside, amplitudes and phases of the incident and transmitted waves should be completely the same with those in the background medium, which is not true at the current step. In this regard, we use stacked anisotropic slabs to construct a 1D EMTW by rendering the total phase lag equal to that of the background medium (vacuum).

For the layered structure shown in Fig. 2
Fig. 2 EMTW realized with stacked anisotropic materials
, the thicknesses of the N anisotropic slabs are d1, d2, …, dN, and the gaps between them are filled with air with thickness d→0. Since ε0=μ0=1 in free space and μ33=1for nonmagnetic materials, we have for each slab ε11=cos2θiεui+sin2θiεvi=1, εui=Ki and εvi=1/Ki under the total transmission condition. The total phase lag for the transmitted wave is
δφ=i=1Nkxidi=i=1N(((Ki1)/Ki)k0sinα+k0cosα)di.
(11)
When the same wave passes through a vacuum region, the phase shift is
δφ'=i=1Nkxidi=k0cosαi=1Ndi.
(12)
The equality of Eqs. (11) and (12) gives

i=1N(((Ki1)/Ki)di)=0,
(13)

Equations (8)-(10) along with Eq. (13) give the design for a nonmagnetic electromagnetic transparent wall. When N = 2, Eq. (13) simply becomes

d1d2=K1K2K21K11.
(14)

3. Realization of EMTW by layered structure of homogeneous and isotropic materials

In this section, we explore realization of EMTW using the effective medium theory. As has been pointed out in many works, a uniaxial anisotropic material can be effectively realized by a two-isotropic-material multilayer structure as long as the layer thickness is much less than the working wavelength [22

22. Y. Huang, Y. Feng, and T. Jiang, “Electromagnetic cloaking by layered structure of homogeneous isotropic materials,” Opt. Express 15(18), 11133–11141 (2007). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

,23

23. H. Chen and C. T. Chan, “Electromagnetic wave manipulation by layered systems using the transformation media concept,” Phys. Rev. B 78(5), 054204 (2008). [CrossRef]

]. Suppose the permittivity and permeability of the constitutive media are (ε1,μ1) and (ε2,μ2) withμ1=μ2=1, the effective material parameters can be expressed as (See Fig. 1)
εx=εu=(1+η)ε1ε2ηε1+ε2,
(15a)
εy=εv=(ε1+ηε2)(1+η),
(15b)
where η is the ratio of the thicknesses for material 2 and 1 and should be positive for practical applications. Under the total transmission conditionεuεv=1, we get
η=ε2(1ε12)ε1(ε221)>0,
(16)
and

K=εu=ε1ε2+1ε1+ε2>0.
(17)

When implementing the anisotropic slab using isotropic material layers, the above two equations should always be checked for practical reasons. In Table 1

Table 1. Requirements on the Material Parameters

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, we give detailed requirements on the two isotropic materials, which can be used to implement the EMTW. The derivation process can be found in Appendix 1.

From Table 1, it is easily seen that there are six combinations for the possible realization of the needed permittivity. However, the last three cases can be obtained by simply exchanging the two materials, and this is understandable since they are equivalent. While for the first three cases, a careful examination will show that type I is more suitable for practical realizations, especially in the infrared and visible band, because in this case, positive and negative permittivities can be easily obtained using ordinary dielectrics and metals, respectively.

In Fig. 3
Fig. 3 Calculated parameters when type I is utilized in the design. (a)η; (b)K; (c)θ.
, we show the calculated parametersη,Kand θ using type I combination, where the positive and negative permittivities are chosen to be the moderate value. This figure can help determine the two isotropic materials used in the design.

Each anisotropic slab can be engineered in the same way. Then Eq. (13) or (14) can be imposed for the phase compensation, which determines the relative thickness for each slab. If two anisotropic slabs are used, a very simple design can be obtained. In this scenario, the two anisotropic slabs are engineered with the same isotropic materials, which are aligned in two perpendicular directions, as shown in Fig. 4
Fig. 4 A simple bilayer configuration for the realization of EMTW
. Therefore εu2=εv1,εu1=εv2. As a result, θ1+θ2=π/2, d1=d2, i.e., optical axes for the two slabs are mirror symmetric with each other and they have equal thickness. This simple configuration is demonstrated in Fig. 4.

By properly choosing different materials and the thicknesses of them, the desired material parameters can be easily obtained. For example, atλ=365nm, we have εNa3AlF6=1.8225 and εAg=2.40120.2488i [24

24. M. Born and E. Wolf, Principles of Optics (Pergamon, Oxford, 1980).

,25

25. P. B. Johnson and R. W. Christy, “Optical constants of the noble metals,” Phys. Rev. B 6(12), 4370–4379 (1972). [CrossRef]

]. According to above equations, the effective anisotropic permittivities are
εu1=5.8341,εv1=0.1714,η1=1.5581,θ1=67.5098°,
(18a)
εu2=0.1714,εv2=5.8341,η2=1.5581,θ2=67.5098°.
(18b)
They obviously satisfy the conditions given by Eqs. (8), (9), (16) and (17).

4. Simulation results and discussions

To verify the theoretical predictions, we numerically simulate the propagation behavior of a TM-polarized Gaussian beam with the full width at half maximum of 78.43nm passing through the structure. The simulation is carried out by FEM using the commercial software COMSOL MULTIPHYSICS 3.5. In the simulation, five cases are involved: a Gaussian beam propagating in the vacuum, passing through an ideal two-layer anisotropic slab, an EMTW realized by metal and dielectric layers without loss and with losses. For all cases, the working wavelength is 365nm and all work in the TM mode.

First, we consider a Gaussian beam with an incidence angle of α19.38° propagating in the free space. Figure 5(a)
Fig. 5 Magnetic field distributions when a Gaussian beam propagate in free space (a), through an ideal EMTW (b), through a layered EMTW without loss (c) and with losses (d,e). For the layered structure, ε1=2.4012, ε2=1.8225,θ=67.5098°for the left slab, and ε1=2.4012,ε2=1.8225, θ=67.5098°for the right one. The thicknesses of the constitutive isotropic material layers are t1 = 6.418 nm and t2 = 10 nm, respectively in the simulation. The loss tangents for material 1 in cases (d) and (e) are 0.01 and 0.1036, respectively. (f-h) Similar to (c) but with a different incident angle (α21.25°,α35.37°and α32.87°).
depicts the magnetic field distribution in this case (note the fine solid lines indicate the boundaries of the materials for comparison). Then, the space between x = 0.4 μm to 1.28 μm is filled with two anisotropic slabs, whose widths are both 0.44 μm. In the simulation, we set K1 = 5.8341, and K2 = 1/K1. Figure 5(b) illustrates the results for this situation. It is clearly shown that outside the slab, the difference between (a) and (b) is very small. Next, we use stacked Ag-Na3AlF6 layers to replace the bulk materials. Figure 5(c) corresponds to this case. We see a similar field distribution as that in Fig. 5(b), the wave passes through the oblique layered system with no observable reflection at the left surface and exits the slab with similar patterns. Figure 5(d) and 5(e) demonstrate similar configurations with (c) but with the loss tangent of 0.01 and 0.1036. A comparison with the field distribution in (a) - (c) clearly shows that the exit field magnitude becomes smaller due to absorption and it can be hardly seen when the loss is large. However careful observations indicate the exit wave patterns remain similar for all cases. Moreover, the reflections at the left interface are negligible, as clearly shown in the figure, which may suggest practical applications. In Fig. 5(f)-5(h), we show the magnetic field distribution when the Gaussian beam is incident from a different direction, a case similar to (c). It is very clear that the transparency characteristics are maintained because our design is angle-independent. More simulation results can be found in Appendix 2.

We also compare the field distribution of the emergent waves in the above cases. A line segment at x = 1.35μm is selected, and the normalized magnetic fields on that cross-section-line are extracted. The results are given in Fig. 6
Fig. 6 Normalized magnetic field distributions along the cross-section line for different cases. Black solid line: vacuum; red circles: ideal anisotropic materials; the blue curve with plus sign: layered structure without loss; green dotted line and pink stars represent the layered structures with loss tangents of 0.01 and 0.1036, respectively.
. It is obvious that the magnetic fields corresponding to cases (a) and (b) in Fig. 5, represented by the black solid curve and the red circles agree exactly. For the EMTW realized by alternating layered structures, the corresponding blue curve with plus signs agrees well with that in vacuum and through the anisotropic slab. The negligible difference is mainly caused by the theoretical approximation of the effective medium theory and numerical errors in the simulation. Since loss is an inevitable problem in practical applications, we also draw the curves for this scenario, which are represented by the green dotted line and the pink stars in Fig. 6. When the loss tangent is small (0.01 in the figure), the exit wave magnitude deteriorates slightly, and the normalized waveform remains similar to the ideal one. This property is valuable for the device’s real implementation. However, when the loss tangent increases to 0.1036, the difference between the real structure and the ideal case becomes apparent, and the emergent wave can be hardly seen, as shown in Fig. 5(e). Under this condition, the equivalent parameters using practical materials based on Eq. (15) differ greatly with the lossless case and the total transparency condition cannot be satisfied. We note that this does not deny the practical applications of the proposed structure since we can use this property for the design of wide angle absorbers, in which case bigger losses are welcomed (note the incident waves are not severely affected, as shown in Fig. 5). The corresponding design and experimental setup are now underway.

Finally, we discuss EMTW for TE mode. Based on the principle of duality, it is expected that the theory works for TE waves too. What we should do is to replace permittivity with permeability, electric field with magnetic field (adding a minus sign, to be more accurate), and vice versa. Then the whole process including the dispersion equation, total transmission condition, phase compensation, and transparency condition, etc. still holds. The only problem is that we need to implement the TE structure using magnetic materials, as anisotropic magnetic permeability comes into the design formula instead of electric permittivity. Though one can find magnetic materials and continue to parallel the same process, this is not the focus of the present paper (since we focus on nonmagnetic materials). We thus conclude that the proposed nonmagnetic EMTW only works for the TM mode. However, the different EM property for TE and TM mode does have its practical applications, e.g., the EMTW may be further fine-tuned to act as an optical polarizer because it works differently for TE and TM waves [26

26. J. Y. Chin, M. Lu, and T. J. Cui, “Metamaterial polarizers by electric-field-coupled resonators,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 93(25), 251903 (2008). [CrossRef]

].

5. Conclusions

In summary, we have proposed a new EMTW design to realize total transparency using nonmagnetic anisotropic metamaterials. The possible realization of the structure using alternating metal and dielectric layers has also been given. The performance of optical EMTW constructed by two slabs with alternating silver and Na3AlF6 multilayer has been confirmed by the full-wave simulations at the wavelength of 365nm. The structure is easily realizable using thin layers of ordinary materials or composites, and hence leads to a simple path to experimental demonstration of EMTW.

Appendix 1

In this appendix, we give detailed derivation process for Table 1.

For Eqs. (16) and (17) to be satisfied, the following four cases are discussed according to values of ε1

  • (1) If ε1>1, then from Eq. (16), we have ε2<1 or 0<ε2<1.
    • For ε2<1 and ε1>1, it is easily seen that ε1ε2+1<0.
    • We then have the following result from Eq. (17) ε1+ε2<0,
    • As a result, ε2<ε1.
    • While for 0<ε2<1, it is easily seen that Eq. (17) is satisfied.
    • So, we get the first two columns in Table 1. I: {ε1>1ε2<ε1, II: {ε1>10<ε2<1
  • (2) If 0<ε1<1, then from Eq. (16), we have 1<ε2<0 or ε2>1.
    • For 1<ε2<0 and 0<ε1<1, we have ε1ε2+1>0.
    • Using Eq. (17), the following result is got,ε1+ε2>0, i.e., ε2>ε1.
    • While for 0<ε1<1 and ε2>1, it can be easily seen that Eq. (17) is satisfied.
    • So, we get another two columns in Table 1.
    • III: {0<ε1<1ε1<ε2<0, V: {0<ε1<1ε2>1
  • (3) If 1<ε1<0, then from Eq. (16), we haveε2<1 or 0<ε2<1.
    • For ε2<1 and 1<ε1<0, we have ε1ε2+1>0.
    • Using Eq. (17), we getε1+ε2>0, i.e., ε2>ε1.
    • Then, the above process requires that
    • {1<ε1<0ε2>ε1,
    • which cannot be satisfied.
    • Wile for1<ε1<0 and 0<ε2<1, we have ε1ε2+1>0.
    • Using Eq. (17), we see ε1+ε2>0, i.e., ε1>ε2.
    • So, we have got the following condition VI: {ε2<ε1<00<ε2<1.
  • (4) If ε1<1, then from Eq. (16), we have1<ε2<0 or ε2>1.
    • For 1<ε2<0 and ε1<1, we have ε1ε2>1, and ε1ε2+1>0.
    • Then using Eq. (17), we haveε1+ε2>0, .e., ε2>ε1.
    • The above process requires that {ε2<ε1<11<ε2<0,
    • which cannot be satisfied.
    • While for ε2>1 and ε1<1, we have ε1ε2+1<0.
    • Using Eq. (17), we have ε1+ε2<0, i.e., ε1<ε2.
    • So, we have the following result.
    • IV: {ε1<ε2ε2>1
    • Since the four cases are systematically discussed, we then get the results in Table 1. Note that open intervals are used in Table 1 for a concise representation, where (a,b) denotes a<ε<b.

Appendx 2

As we claimed in the manuscript, the designed EMTW can realize full transparency independent of the incident angle. In this appendix, we give more simulation results to support our argument. The additional simulation is made with a different incident angles, i.e., α32.87°. Though still other simulations are also made, they are not included here for the sake of clarity. Note that parameters in Figs. 7
Fig. 7 Magnetic field distributions when a Gaussian beam with an incidence angle of α32.87° propagates in different environments. Note that the figure is very similar to Fig. 5 but with a different incident angle for the Gaussian beam.
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Fig. 8 Normalized magnetic field distributions along the cross-section line for different cases. Black solid line: vacuum; red circles: ideal anisotropic materials; the blue curve with plus sign: layered structure without loss; green dotted line and pink stars represent the layered structures with loss tangents of 0.01 and 0.1036, respectively. Note the figure is similar to Fig. 6 in the paper but with a different incident angle for the Gaussian beam.
are the same as that in Figs. 5-6 except for the incidence angle.

Acknowledgments

This work was supported in part by a Major Project of the National Science Foundation of China (NSFC) under Grant Nos. 60990320 and 60990324. Z. L. Mei acknowledges the Open Research Program Funds from the State Key Laboratory of Millimeter Waves (No. K201115), Natural Science Foundation of Gansu Province (No. 1107RJZA181), the Chunhui Project (No. Z2010081), and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (No. LZUJBKY-2012-49).

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X. F. Xu, Y. J. Feng, Y. Hao, J. M. Zhao, and T. Jiang, “Infrared carpet cloak designed with uniform silicon grating structure,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 95(18), 184102 (2009). [CrossRef]

13.

H. Lee, Z. Liu, Y. Xiong, C. Sun, and X. Zhang, “Development of optical hyperlens for imaging below the diffraction limit,” Opt. Express 15(24), 15886–15891 (2007). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

14.

H. Y. Chen and C. T. Chan, “Transformation media that rotate electromagnetic fields,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 90(24), 241105 (2007). [CrossRef]

15.

S. Xi, H. S. Chen, B. Wu, and J. A. Kong, “One-directional perfect cloak created with homogeneous material,” IEEE Microw. Wireless Compon. Lett. 19(3), 131–133 (2009). [CrossRef]

16.

D. R. Smith, J. B. Pendry, and M. C. K. Wiltshire, “Metamaterials and negative refractive index,” Science 305(5685), 788–792 (2004). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

17.

Y. Liu and X. Zhang, “Metamaterials: a new frontier of science and technology,” Chem. Soc. Rev. 40(5), 2494–2507 (2011). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

18.

C. M. Soukoulis and M. Wegener, “Past achievements and future challenges in the development of three-dimensional photonic metamaterials,” Nat. Photonics 5, 523–530 (2011).

19.

Z. L. Mei, T. M. Niu, J. Bai, and T. J. Cui, “Design of a one-dimensional electromagnetic transparent wall,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 27(10), 2237–2243 (2010). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

20.

Y. Zhang, B. Fluegel, and A. Mascarenhas, “Total negative refraction in real crystals for ballistic electrons and light,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 91(15), 157404 (2003). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

21.

Z. Liu, Z. Lin, and S. T. Chui, “Negative refraction and omnidirectional total transmission at a planar interface associated with a uniaxial medium,” Phys. Rev. B 69(11), 115402 (2004). [CrossRef]

22.

Y. Huang, Y. Feng, and T. Jiang, “Electromagnetic cloaking by layered structure of homogeneous isotropic materials,” Opt. Express 15(18), 11133–11141 (2007). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

23.

H. Chen and C. T. Chan, “Electromagnetic wave manipulation by layered systems using the transformation media concept,” Phys. Rev. B 78(5), 054204 (2008). [CrossRef]

24.

M. Born and E. Wolf, Principles of Optics (Pergamon, Oxford, 1980).

25.

P. B. Johnson and R. W. Christy, “Optical constants of the noble metals,” Phys. Rev. B 6(12), 4370–4379 (1972). [CrossRef]

26.

J. Y. Chin, M. Lu, and T. J. Cui, “Metamaterial polarizers by electric-field-coupled resonators,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 93(25), 251903 (2008). [CrossRef]

OCIS Codes
(230.4170) Optical devices : Multilayers
(260.2110) Physical optics : Electromagnetic optics
(160.3918) Materials : Metamaterials

ToC Category:
Metamaterials

History
Original Manuscript: May 1, 2012
Revised Manuscript: July 6, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: July 6, 2012
Published: July 11, 2012

Citation
Zhong Lei Mei, Yan Li Xu, Jing Bai, and Tie Jun Cui, "Nonmagnetic electromagnetic transparent wall realized by a metal-dielectric multilayer structure," Opt. Express 20, 16955-16967 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-20-15-16955


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