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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 36, Iss. 14 — Jul. 15, 2011
  • pp: 2689–2691

Achieving laser ignition using zero index metamaterials

Tianrui Zhai, Jinwei Shi, Shujing Chen, Dahe Liu, and Xinping Zhang  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 36, Issue 14, pp. 2689-2691 (2011)

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The possibility of laser ignition using zero index metamaterials (ZIM) is investigated theoretically. Using this method, multiple laser beams can be focused automatically regardless of the number and location of electromagnetic sources in the ZIM, and it is not necessary to aim all beams at the focus. Our calculation shows that although the size of the focus is dependent on the wavelength, the beams can be focused to a tiny spot. Methods for achieving practical performance are proposed.

© 2011 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(260.2110) Physical optics : Electromagnetic optics
(160.3918) Materials : Metamaterials

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

Original Manuscript: February 15, 2011
Revised Manuscript: May 22, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: June 6, 2011
Published: July 14, 2011

Tianrui Zhai, Jinwei Shi, Shujing Chen, Dahe Liu, and Xinping Zhang, "Achieving laser ignition using zero index metamaterials," Opt. Lett. 36, 2689-2691 (2011)

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