Design and transmission-reflection properties of liquid crystalline optical metamaterials with large birefringence and sub-unity or negative-refractive index

A. Diaz, J. H. Park, Iam-choon Khoo

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Abstract

The dispersion of nanoparticles in a nematic liquid crystal host medium provides an efficient way of designing tunable optical metamaterials that respond from the visible to the Terahertz and microwave regime. As studied in this article, these systems exhibit much larger birefringence than the nematic host and possess sub-unity, zero, and even negative refractive indices with unique reflection and transmission properties. These tunable optical metamaterials will enable a wide range of application possibilities in next-generation reflective, transmissive, modulation and switching elements and devices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)533-549
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Nonlinear Optical Physics and Materials
Volume16
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2007

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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