Loss-compensated and active hyperbolic metamaterials

Xingjie Ni, Satoshi Ishii, Mark D. Thoreson, Vladimir M. Shalaev, Seunghoon Han, Sangyoon Lee, Alexander V. Kildishev

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We have studied the dispersion relations of multilayers of silver and a dye-doped dielectric using four methods: standard effective-medium theory (EMT), nonlocal-effect-corrected EMT, nonlinear equations based on the eigenmode method, and a spatial harmonic analysis method. We compare the validity of these methods and show that metallic losses can be greatly compensated by saturated gain. Two realizable applications are also proposed. Loss-compensated metal-dielectric multilayers that have hyperbolic dispersion relationships are beneficial for numerous applications such as subwavelength imaging and quantum optics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)25242-25254
Number of pages13
JournalOptics Express
Issue number25
StatePublished - Dec 5 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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