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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 31, Iss. 12 — Jun. 15, 2006
  • pp: 1800–1802

Low-loss negative-index metamaterial at telecommunication wavelengths

Gunnar Dolling, Christian Enkrich, Martin Wegener, Costas M. Soukoulis, and Stefan Linden  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 31, Issue 12, pp. 1800-1802 (2006)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.31.001800


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Abstract

We fabricate and characterize a low-loss silver-based negative-index metamaterial based on the design of a recent theoretical proposal. Comparing the measured transmittance and reflectance spectra with theory reveals good agreement. We retrieve a real part of the refractive index of Re ( n ) = 2 around 1.5 μ m wavelength. The maximum of the ratio of the real to the imaginary part of the refractive index is about three at a spectral position where Re ( n ) = 1 . To the best of our knowledge, this is the best figure of merit reported for any negative-index photonic metamaterial to date.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(160.4760) Materials : Optical properties
(260.5740) Physical optics : Resonance

ToC Category:
Materials

History
Original Manuscript: February 28, 2006
Revised Manuscript: April 3, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: April 3, 2006

Citation
Gunnar Dolling, Christian Enkrich, Martin Wegener, Costas M. Soukoulis, and Stefan Linden, "Low-loss negative-index metamaterial at telecommunication wavelengths," Opt. Lett. 31, 1800-1802 (2006)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-31-12-1800


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