Transformation Optics at Optical Frequencies

John B. Pendry, Alexandre Aubry, Antonio Fernandez-Dominguez, Dang Yuan Lei, Yu Luo, Yonatan Sivan, Wei Hsiung Wee

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Metamaterials, i.e. artificial materials with rationally designed geometry, composition, and arrangement of nanostructured building blocks are opening a gateway to unprecedented electromagnetic properties and functionalities that are unattainable with naturally occurring materials. Metamaterials also enable transformation optics, which is a new paradigm for the science of light with a family of novel applications ranging from superlens to optical cloaking.

Metamaterials give enormous choice of material parameters for electromagnetic applications. So much so that we might ask if there is a new way to design electromagnetic systems exploiting this new flexibility. In an ideal world magnetic and electrical field lines can be placed anywhere that the laws of physics allow and a suitable metamaterial found to accommodate the desired configuration of fields. Transformation optics was developed to answer the question of what parameters to choose for the metamaterial.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages54
StatePublished - 2010
EventPurdue Discovery Lecture Series - Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom
Duration: 2 Feb 2010 → …


SeminarPurdue Discovery Lecture Series
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Period2/02/10 → …


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