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Reconfigurable photonic metamaterials drive by Coulomb, Lorentz and optical forces

Reconfigurable photonic metamaterials drive by Coulomb, Lorentz and optical forces
Reconfigurable photonic metamaterials drive by Coulomb, Lorentz and optical forces
Metamaterials offer a huge range of enhanced and novel functionalities that natural materials cannot provide. They promise applications in superresolution imaging, optical data storage, optical filters, polarization control, cloaking, fraud prevention and many more. However, their unique optical properties are often narrowband and usually fixed. Here we demonstrate how the mechanical rearrangement of metamaterial structures at the nanoscale provides a powerful platform for controlling metamaterial properties dynamically. Using thermal, electrical, magnetic and optical control signals we demonstrate large-range tuning, high-contrast switching and modulation of metamaterial optical properties at megahertz frequencies and beyond. Beyond the obvious benefit of adding tunability to known metamaterial functionalities, this unlocks many new opportunities in areas such as light modulation and highly nonlinear & bistable optical devices
Plum, E.
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Ou, J-Y.
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Valente, J.
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Zheludev, N.I.
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Plum, E.
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Ou, J-Y.
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Valente, J.
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Zheludev, N.I.
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Plum, E., Ou, J-Y., Valente, J. and Zheludev, N.I. (2013) Reconfigurable photonic metamaterials drive by Coulomb, Lorentz and optical forces. International Conference on Nanomaterials (ICN '13), Canada. 12 - 16 Aug 2013.

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Metamaterials offer a huge range of enhanced and novel functionalities that natural materials cannot provide. They promise applications in superresolution imaging, optical data storage, optical filters, polarization control, cloaking, fraud prevention and many more. However, their unique optical properties are often narrowband and usually fixed. Here we demonstrate how the mechanical rearrangement of metamaterial structures at the nanoscale provides a powerful platform for controlling metamaterial properties dynamically. Using thermal, electrical, magnetic and optical control signals we demonstrate large-range tuning, high-contrast switching and modulation of metamaterial optical properties at megahertz frequencies and beyond. Beyond the obvious benefit of adding tunability to known metamaterial functionalities, this unlocks many new opportunities in areas such as light modulation and highly nonlinear & bistable optical devices

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Published date: 2013
Venue - Dates: International Conference on Nanomaterials (ICN '13), Canada, 2013-08-12 - 2013-08-16
Organisations: Optoelectronics Research Centre

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Local EPrints ID: 365111
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/365111
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ORCID for E. Plum: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-1552-1840
ORCID for J-Y. Ou: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-8028-6130
ORCID for N.I. Zheludev: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-1013-6636

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Last modified: 20 Jul 2019 01:22

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Author: E. Plum ORCID iD
Author: J-Y. Ou ORCID iD
Author: J. Valente
Author: N.I. Zheludev ORCID iD

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