Tunable optical negative-index metamaterials employing anisotropic liquid crystals

Xiande Wang, Do Hoon Kwon, Douglas H. Werner, Iam Choon Khoo, Alexander V. Kildishev, Vladimir M. Shalaev

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A full-wave analysis technique based on the finite element-boundary integral method is developed and used to rigorously treat the scattering from periodically structured metamaterials incorporating anisotropic liquid crystals (LCs) and dispersive materials. Reconfiguration of the negative-index metamaterials is achieved by controlling the magnetic resonance via tuning permittivity of the embedded anisotropic LCs. Numerical results show that the refractive index of the metamaterials can be reconfigured by tuning the director orientation of anisotropic LCs or by using temperature-dependent LCs. The design configurations and their characteristics in the near- and the mid-infrared ranges are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number143122
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - Oct 11 2007


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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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