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  • Vol. 30, Iss. 14 — Jul. 15, 2005
  • pp: 1812–1814

Relaxation mechanisms in three-dimensional metamaterial lens focusing

Lei Zhou and C. T. Chan  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 30, Issue 14, pp. 1812-1814 (2005)

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We study the transient behaviors in focusing a point source with a metamaterial lens (delta=µ=-1+delta). We find the time evolutions of image formation are dictated by two relaxation mechanisms, namely, surface wave transport and absorption, determined, respectively, by Re(delta) and Im(delta). We show that image oscillations are inevitable in this three-dimensional configuration when Re(delta) not equal to 0 and establish relationships among the relaxation time, the resolution enhancement, and delta.

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OCIS Codes
(100.6640) Image processing : Superresolution
(110.2990) Imaging systems : Image formation theory

Lei Zhou and C. T. Chan, "Relaxation mechanisms in three-dimensional metamaterial lens focusing," Opt. Lett. 30, 1812-1814 (2005)

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