Birefringent left-handed metamaterials and perfect lenses for vectorial fields

Alexander A. Zharov*, Nina A. Zharova, Roman E. Noskov, Ilya V. Shadrivov, Yuri S. Kivshar

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We describe the properties of specific non-reflecting birefringent left-handed metamaterials and demonstrate a birefringent perfect lens for vectorial fields. We predict that, in a sharp contrast to the concept of a conventional perfect lens realized at ε= μ = -1 (where ε is the dielectric permittivity and μ is the magnetic permeability), the birefringent left-handed slab possesses the property of negative refraction either for TE- or TM-polarized waves or for both of them simultaneously. This allows selective focusing and a spatial separation of the images created at different polarizations. We discuss several applications of the birefringent left-handed lenses such as the beam splitting and near-field diagnostics at the sub-wavelength scale.

Original languageEnglish
Article number220
JournalNew Journal of Physics
StatePublished - 11 Oct 2005
Externally publishedYes


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