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Low-Loss Plasmonic Metamaterials

Boltasseva, Alexandra and Atwater, Harry A. (2011) Low-Loss Plasmonic Metamaterials. Science, 331 (6015). pp. 290-291. ISSN 0036-8075. doi:10.1126/science.1198258.

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Metamaterials (MMs) are artificial, engineered materials with rationally designed compositions and arrangements of nanostructured building blocks. These materials can be tailored for almost any application because of their extraordinary response to electromagnetic, acoustic, and thermal waves that transcends the properties of natural materials (1–3). The astonishing MM-based designs and demonstrations range from a negative index of refraction, focusing and imaging with sub-wavelength resolution, invisibility cloaks, and optical black holes to nanoscale optics, data processing, and quantum information applications (3). Metals have traditionally been the material of choice for the building blocks, but they suffer from high resistive losses—even metals with the highest conductivities, silver and gold, exhibit excessive losses at optical frequencies that restrict the development of devices in this frequency range. The development of new materials for low-loss MM components and telecommunication devices is therefore required.

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Additional Information:© 2011 American Association for the Advancement of Science. We thank G. Naik for help with preparation of this Perspective and V. Shalaev for useful discussions. A.B. acknowledges support from ONR-MURI grant N00014-10-1-0942. H.A.A. acknowledges support from the U.S. Department of Energy under grant DOE DE-FG02-07ER46405 and AFOSR under grant FA9550-09 1 0673.
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Department of Energy (DOE)DE-FG02-07ER46405
Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)FA9550-09 1 0673
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Official Citation:Boltasseva, A. and H. A. Atwater (2011). "Low-Loss Plasmonic Metamaterials." Science 331(6015): 290-291.
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