Infrared cylindrical cloak in nanosphere dispersed liquid crystal metamaterial

G. Pawlik, K. Tarnowski, W. Walasik, A. C. Mitus, Iam-choon Khoo

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We present a design of an infrared cylindrical cloak using nanosphere dispersed nematic liquid crystal (NLC) metamaterial following the approach of Smith's group [Science 314, 977 (2006)]. Cloaking conditions require spatial distribution of liquid crystal birefringence with constant extraordinary index of refraction and radially dependent ordinary index of refraction. An approximate analytical formula for the latter is derived. Finite element (FE) simulations confirm the cloaking effect. Owing to the tunable birefringence of the liquid crystal component, such cloaking material offers the interesting possibilities of real-time control of invisibility. The possibility of experimental realization is briefly discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1847-1849
Number of pages3
JournalOptics Letters
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2012


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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