OSA's Digital Library

Optics Letters

Optics Letters


  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 38, Iss. 15 — Aug. 1, 2013
  • pp: 2821–2824

One-way invisible cloak using parity-time symmetric transformation optics

Xuefeng Zhu, Liang Feng, Peng Zhang, Xiaobo Yin, and Xiang Zhang  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 38, Issue 15, pp. 2821-2824 (2013)

View Full Text Article

Enhanced HTML    Acrobat PDF (527 KB)

Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Browse by Journal and Year


Lookup Conference Papers

Close Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Article Tools



We propose a one-way invisible cloak using transformation optics of parity-time (PT) symmetric optical materials. At the spontaneous PT-symmetry breaking point, light is scattered only for incidence along one direction since the phase-matching condition is unidirectionally satisfied, making the cloak one-way invisible. Moreover, optical scattering from the one-way cloak can be further engineered to realize more interesting effects, for example, creating a unidirectional optical illusion of the concealed object.

© 2013 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(160.3918) Materials : Metamaterials
(230.3205) Optical devices : Invisibility cloaks
(290.5839) Scattering : Scattering, invisibility

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

Original Manuscript: May 22, 2013
Revised Manuscript: July 2, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: July 4, 2013
Published: July 29, 2013

Xuefeng Zhu, Liang Feng, Peng Zhang, Xiaobo Yin, and Xiang Zhang, "One-way invisible cloak using parity-time symmetric transformation optics," Opt. Lett. 38, 2821-2824 (2013)

Sort:  Author  |  Year  |  Journal  |  Reset  


  1. J. B. Pendry, D. Schurig, and D. R. Smith, Science 312, 1780 (2006). [CrossRef]
  2. A. Greenleaf, M. Lassas, and G. Uhlmann, Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 183901 (2007). [CrossRef]
  3. W. S. Cai, U. K. Chettiar, A. V. Kildishev, and V. M. Shalaev, Nat. Photonics 1, 224 (2007). [CrossRef]
  4. A. V. Kildishev and V. M. Shalaev, Opt. Lett. 33, 43 (2008). [CrossRef]
  5. M. Rahm, D. A. Roberts, J. B. Pendry, and D. R. Smith, Opt. Express 16, 11555 (2008). [CrossRef]
  6. N. M. Litchinitser, A. I. Maimistov, I. R. Gabitov, R. Z. Sagdeev, and V. M. Shalaev, Opt. Lett. 33, 2350 (2008). [CrossRef]
  7. J. Li and J. B. Pendry, Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 203901 (2008). [CrossRef]
  8. J. Valentine, J. Li, T. Zentgraf, G. Bartal, and X. Zhang, Nat. Mater. 8, 568 (2009). [CrossRef]
  9. U. Leonhardt and T. Tyc, Science 323, 110 (2009). [CrossRef]
  10. Y. Lai, J. Ng, H. Y. Chen, D. Z. Han, J. J. Xiao, Z. Q. Zhang, and C. T. Chan, Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 253902 (2009). [CrossRef]
  11. M. Gharghi, C. Gladden, T. Zentgraf, Y. M. Liu, X. B. Yin, J. Valentine, and X. Zhang, Nano Lett. 11, 2825 (2011). [CrossRef]
  12. C. He, X. L. Zhang, L. Feng, M. H. Lu, and Y. F. Chen, Appl. Phys. Lett. 99, 151112 (2011). [CrossRef]
  13. S. Longhi, Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 123601 (2009). [CrossRef]
  14. C. E. Rüter, K. G. Makris, R. El-Ganainy, D. N. Christodoulides, M. Segev, and D. Kip, Nat. Phys. 6, 192 (2010). [CrossRef]
  15. C. T. West, T. Kottos, and T. Prosen, Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 054102 (2010). [CrossRef]
  16. Y. D. Chong, L. Ge, and A. D. Stone, Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 093902 (2011). [CrossRef]
  17. L. Feng, M. Ayache, J. Huang, Y. L. Xu, M. H. Lu, Y. F. Chen, Y. Fainman, and A. Scherer, Science 333, 729 (2011). [CrossRef]
  18. Z. Lin, H. Ramezani, T. Eichelkraut, T. Kottos, H. Cao, and D. N. Christodoulides, Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 213901 (2011). [CrossRef]
  19. A. Regensburger, C. Bersch, M. A. Miri, G. Onishchukov, D. N. Christodoulides, and U. Peschel, Nature 488, 167 (2012). [CrossRef]
  20. L. Feng, Y. L. Xu, W. S. Fegadolli, M. H. Lu, J. B. E. Oliveira, V. Almeida, Y. F. Chen, and A. Scherer, Nat. Mater. 12, 108 (2013). [CrossRef]
  21. A. N. Grigorenko, A. K. Geim, H. F. Gleeson, Y. Zhang, A. A. Firsov, I. Y. Khrushchev, and J. Petrovic, Nature 438, 335 (2005). [CrossRef]
  22. V. M. Shalaev, Nat. Photonics 1, 41 (2007). [CrossRef]
  23. D. R. Smith and D. Schurig, Phys. Rev. Lett. 90, 077405 (2003). [CrossRef]
  24. M. W. McCall, A. Favaro, P. Kinsler, and A. Boardman, J. Opt. 13, 024003 (2011). [CrossRef]
  25. M. Fridman, A. Farsi, Y. Okawachi, and A. L. Gaeta, Nature 481, 62 (2012). [CrossRef]

Cited By

Alert me when this paper is cited

OSA is able to provide readers links to articles that cite this paper by participating in CrossRef's Cited-By Linking service. CrossRef includes content from more than 3000 publishers and societies. In addition to listing OSA journal articles that cite this paper, citing articles from other participating publishers will also be listed.


Fig. 1. Fig. 2. Fig. 3.
Fig. 4.

« Previous Article  |  Next Article »

OSA is a member of CrossRef.

CrossCheck Deposited