Optical Nonlocalities and Additional Waves in Epsilon-Near-Zero Metamaterials

Robert Pollard, Antony Murphy, William Hendren, Paul Evans, Ron Atkinson, Gregory Wurtz, Anatoly Zayats, V.A. Podolskiy

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We analyze the optical properties of plasmonic nanorod metamaterials in the epsilon-near-zero regime and show, both theoretically and experimentally, that the performance of these composites is strongly affected by nonlocal response of the effective permittivity tensor. We provide the evidence of interference between main and additional waves propagating in the room-temperature nanorod metamaterials and develop an analytical description of this phenomenon. Additional waves are present in the majority of low-loss epsilon-near-zero structures and should be explicitly considered when designing applications of epsilon-near-zero composites, as they represent a separate communication channel.
Original languageEnglish
Article number127405
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 27 Mar 2009

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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