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Sub-wavelength imaging using stacks of metallic meander structures with different periodicities
Author(s): Philipp Schau; Karsten Frenner; Liwei Fu; Wolfgang Osten; Heinz Schweizer; Harald Giessen
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Paper Abstract

Two resonant surfaces, which allow the propagation of surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs) can mimic negative index materials (NIM). Hence, it is possible to recreate the near-field imaging effects known from Pendry's perfect lens. The metallic meander structure is a well-suited candidate for such a resonant surface due to the excitation and tunability of the short (SRSPP) and long range surface plasmon (LRSPP) frequencies. Furthermore, the Fano-type pass band between the SRSPP and LRSPP frequencies of a single meander sheet retains its dominant role when being stacked. We demonstrate how a stack consisting of two meander structures can perfectly image within this pass band region and propose a stack of meander structures with successively increasing periodicity. Such a stack might be capable to decrease the lateral wave vector until near-field to far-field transformation is achieved. The frequency shift of the pass band for each sheet can be compensated by changing other geometrical parameters. We rigorously calculate the spectra of various meander designs and show that meander stacks transfer energy resonantly over large distances with a high transmission.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 September 2011
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 8093, Metamaterials: Fundamentals and Applications IV, 80931K (9 September 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.893389
Show Author Affiliations
Philipp Schau, Univ. Stuttgart (Germany)
Karsten Frenner, Univ. Stuttgart (Germany)
Liwei Fu, Univ. Stuttgart (Germany)
Wolfgang Osten, Univ. Stuttgart (Germany)
Heinz Schweizer, Univ. Stuttgart (Germany)
Harald Giessen, Univ. Stuttgart (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8093:
Metamaterials: Fundamentals and Applications IV
Allan D. Boardman; Nader Engheta; Mikhail A. Noginov; Nikolay I. Zheludev, Editor(s)

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