Resonant enhancement of electromagnetic waves propagating at oblique incidence in metamaterials, with dielectric permittivity and magnetic permeability linearly changing from positive to negative values, has been predicted and theoretically studied. This effect occurs for both TE and TM polarizations near the point where a refractive index changes its sign. Our model elucidates the unique features of the resonant enhancement in “positive-to-negative transition” metamaterials for a broad frequency range from microwaves to optics.
© 2008 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: July 1, 2008
Revised Manuscript: August 5, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: August 22, 2008
Published: October 13, 2008
Natalia M. Litchinitser, Andrei I. Maimistov, Ildar R. Gabitov, Roald Z. Sagdeev, and Vladimir M. Shalaev, "Metamaterials: electromagnetic enhancement at zero-index transition," Opt. Lett. 33, 2350-2352 (2008)