Project Leader(s):
Costas Soukoulis

Principal Investigators:
Thomas Koschny, Costas Soukoulis, Jigang Wang

Postdoctoral Research Associates:
Philippe Tassin, Lei Zhang,


The objective of this project is to obtain a better understanding of the physics of metamaterials, particularly left-handed materials. This project collectively has been, and continues to be, a prime mover and initiator of the development of left-handed materials, characterized by a negative index of refraction. This revolutionary concept originally prompted objections, based on perceived violations of causality, momentum conservation, and Fermat’s principle. This controversy is now settled, mainly through the work of this project, clearing the way for the following objectives to be addressed.

The work in this project will have deep impact on the BES Grand Challenge "how do we design and perfect atom- and energy-efficient syntheses of revolutionary new forms of matter with tailored properties?" and in current optical technologies, such as nanophotonics, optical communications, optical imaging, and optical circuitry. In addition, the novel nanofabrication and advanced characterization techniques involved in this program can be readily transferred to other DOE-related programs.


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Diem M; Koschny T; Soukoulis C M . 2009. Wide-angle perfect absorber/thermal emitter in the terahertz regime. Physical Review B. 79:033101. abstract
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Soukoulis C M . 2008. Bending Back Light: The Science of Negative Index Materials. Proceedings of the 2008 International Workshop on Metamaterials. :4-5411. abstract
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Wegener M; Garcia-Pomar J L; Soukoulis C M; Meinzer N; Ruther M; Linden S . 2008. Toy model for plasmonic metamaterial resonances coupled to two-level system gain. Optics Express. 16:19785-19798. abstract
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Dai W; Soukoulis C M . 2008. Converging and wave guiding of Gaussian beam by two-layer dielectric rods. Applied Physics Letters. 93:201101. abstract
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Penciu R S; Aydin K; Kafesaki M; Koschny T; Ozbay E; Economou E N; Soukoulis C M . 2008. Multi-gap individual and coupled split-ring resonator structures. Optics Express. 16:18131-18144. abstract
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