Dynamically controllable anisotropic metamaterials with simultaneous attenuation and amplification

Tom G. Mackay, Akhlesh Lakhtakia

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Anisotropic homogeneous metamaterials that are neither wholly dissipative nor wholly active at a specific frequency are permitted by classical electromagnetic theory. Well-established homogenization formalisms indicate that such a metamaterial may be realized quite simply as a random mixture of electrically small (possibly nanoscale) spheroidal particles of at least two different isotropic dielectric materials, one of which must be dissipative but the other active. The dielectric properties of this metamaterial are influenced by the volume fraction, spatial distribution, particle shape and size, and the relative permittivities of the component materials. Similar metamaterials with more complicated linear as well as nonlinear constitutive properties are possible. Dynamic control of the active component material, for example, via stimulated Raman scattering, affords dynamic control of the metamaterial.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number053847
JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 20 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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