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Optical Materials Express

  • Editor: David J. Hagan
  • Vol. 3, Iss. 11 — Nov. 1, 2013
  • pp: 1792–1797

Bulk optical metamaterials assembled by microfluidic evaporation

Alexandre Baron, Antonio Iazzolino, Kévin Ehrhardt, Jean-Baptiste Salmon, Ashod Aradian, Vasyl Kravets, Alexander N. Grigorenko, Jacques Leng, Aurélie Le Beulze, Mona Tréguer-Delapierre, Miguel A. Correa-Duarte, and Philippe Barois  »View Author Affiliations


Optical Materials Express, Vol. 3, Issue 11, pp. 1792-1797 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OME.3.001792


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Abstract

We present high refractive index optical metamaterials assembled via a microfluidic evaporation technique. This technique enables fabrication of truly three-dimensional bulk samples from a suspension of nanoparticles with a number of layers well in excess of 600, surpassing rival techniques by at least an order of magnitude. In addition to their large dimensions, the assembled metamaterials show a high degree of homogeneity and warrant an easy and rapid optical characterization using spectroscopic ellipsometry. We believe that the suggested inexpensive method considerably reduces the complexity in assembling optical metamaterials and opens new avenues in engineering bulk optical devices by choice of nanoparticle composition and geometry.

© 2013 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(160.0160) Materials : Materials
(160.3918) Materials : Metamaterials
(160.4236) Materials : Nanomaterials
(240.2130) Optics at surfaces : Ellipsometry and polarimetry

ToC Category:
Metamaterials

History
Original Manuscript: June 25, 2013
Revised Manuscript: September 9, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: September 23, 2013
Published: October 1, 2013

Citation
Alexandre Baron, Antonio Iazzolino, Kévin Ehrhardt, Jean-Baptiste Salmon, Ashod Aradian, Vasyl Kravets, Alexander N. Grigorenko, Jacques Leng, Aurélie Le Beulze, Mona Tréguer-Delapierre, Miguel A. Correa-Duarte, and Philippe Barois, "Bulk optical metamaterials assembled by microfluidic evaporation," Opt. Mater. Express 3, 1792-1797 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ome/abstract.cfm?URI=ome-3-11-1792


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