Theory, fabrication and applications of metamaterials composed of cylinders




Strickland, Diana

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In this work we design a new type of hyperlens composed of nanowires, and numerically demonstrate its ability to resolve closely spaced and otherwise indistinguishable features of an imaged object in the far field. Conversely, we demonstrate the ability of a concentrator to focus incident radiation into an area much smaller than a wave length. To overcome limitations in fabricating materials such as the nanowire composites used in the applications above as well as other materials composed of cylindrical structures, we propose the newly patented method, #US2015/0017466A1, that features initial masked patterning and partial self-assembly, resulting in a relatively simple, inexpensive process with a flexible flow and many constituent material options, capable of forming composites with diverse functionalities. Although modeling the effective properties of cylinder-based media has been the focus of considerable research in the field of Metamaterials, surprisingly enough, no complete and fully dynamic model of such cylinders' response to incident radiation existed. Based on Mie scattering theory, we derive the complete dynamic polarizability tensor for circular, azimuthally symmetric cylinders excited by an arbitrary field distribution, and provide compact expressions for all of its elements. Interestingly, magnetoelectric effects are shown to arise at oblique incidence, even in the case of centrosymmetric achiral thin cylinders, associated with a weak form of spatial dispersion. We expect the polarizabilities to find applications in antenna design, in metamaterial design, and to improve the physical understanding of the wave interaction and spatial dispersion in artificial materials composed of elongated inclusions such as wire media.


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cylinders, metamaterials, polarizability, rods



Physics and Astronomy