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Karim Aissou, Muhammad Mumtaz, Pierre Marcasuzaa, Cyril Brochon, Eric Cloutet, Guillaume Fleury, Georges Hadziioannou
Laterally ordered nanorings with a periodicity of 38 nm are produced from the directed self-assembly of poly(1,1-dimethylsilacyclobutane)-block-polystyrene-block-poly(methyl methacrylate) thin films on topographically patterned substrates. Such nanoscale arrays with vertically oriented rings are highly desired in technological applications including memory using magnetic recording, metamaterial, waveguide, etc.
January 16, 2017: Small
Yuancheng Fan, Tong Qiao, Fuli Zhang, Quanhong Fu, Jiajia Dong, Botao Kong, Hongqiang Li
Electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT) is a promising technology for the enhancement of light-matter interactions, and recent demonstrations of the EIT analogue realized in artificial micro-structured medium have remarkably reduced the extreme requirement for experimental observation of EIT spectrum. In this paper, we propose to electrically control the EIT-like spectrum in a metamaterial as an electromagnetic modulator. A diode acting as a tunable resistor is loaded in the gap of paired wires to inductively tune the magnetic resonance, which induces remarkable modulation on the EIT-like spectrum through the metamaterial sample...
January 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
Yongfeng Li, Hua Ma, Jiafu Wang, Yongqiang Pang, Qiqi Zheng, Hongya Chen, Yajuan Han, Jieqiu Zhang, Shaobo Qu
A high-efficiency tri-band quasi-continuous phase gradient metamaterial is designed and demonstrated based on spoof surface plasmon polaritons (SSPPs). High-efficiency polarizaiton conversion transmission is firstly achieved via tailoring phase differece between the transmisive SSPP and the space wave in orthogonal directions. As an example, a tri-band circular-to-circular (CTC) polarization conversion metamateiral (PCM) was designed by a nonlinearly dispersive phase difference. Using such PCM unit cell, a tri-band quasi-continuous phase gradient metamaterial (PGM) was then realized by virtue of the Pancharatnam-Berry phase...
January 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
Jingyuan Qu, Muamer Kadic, Andreas Naber, Martin Wegener
Controlling the thermal expansion of materials is of great technological importance. Uncontrolled thermal expansion can lead to failure or irreversible destruction of structures and devices. In ordinary crystals, thermal expansion is governed by the asymmetry of the microscopic binding potential, which cannot be adjusted easily. In artificial crystals called metamaterials, thermal expansion can be controlled by structure. Here, following previous theoretical work, we fabricate three-dimensional (3D) two-component polymer micro-lattices by using gray-tone laser lithography...
January 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
Yunsong Xie, Xin Fan, Yunpeng Chen, Jeffrey D Wilson, Rainee N Simons, John Q Xiao
The design, fabrication and characterization of a novel metamaterial absorber based camera with subwavelength spatial resolution are investigated. The proposed camera is featured with simple and lightweight design, easy portability, low cost, high resolution and sensitivity, and minimal image interference or distortion to the original field distribution. The imaging capability of the proposed camera was characterized in both near field and far field ranges. The experimental and simulated near field images both reveal that the camera produces qualitatively accurate images with negligible distortion to the original field distribution...
January 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
J S T Smalley, F Vallini, S A Montoya, L Ferrari, S Shahin, C T Riley, B Kanté, E E Fullerton, Z Liu, Y Fainman
When engineered on scales much smaller than the operating wavelength, metal-semiconductor nanostructures exhibit properties unobtainable in nature. Namely, a uniaxial optical metamaterial described by a hyperbolic dispersion relation can simultaneously behave as a reflective metal and an absorptive or emissive semiconductor for electromagnetic waves with orthogonal linear polarization states. Using an unconventional multilayer architecture, we demonstrate luminescent hyperbolic metasurfaces, wherein distributed semiconducting quantum wells display extreme absorption and emission polarization anisotropy...
January 9, 2017: Nature Communications
Yannick Gruson, Vincent Giordano, Ulrich L Rohde, Ajay Kumar Poddar, Enrico Rubiola
Virtually all commercial instruments for the measurement of the oscillator PM noise make use of the Cross Spectrum method (arXiv:1004.5539 [physics.ins-det], 2010). High sensitivity is achieved by correlation and averaging on two equal channels which measure the same input, and reject the background of the instrument. We show that a systematic error is always present if the thermal energy of the input power splitter is not accounted for. Such error can result in noise under estimation up to a few dB in the lowest-noise quartz oscillators, and in an invalid measurement in the case of cryogenic oscillators...
January 4, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
Chuwen Lan, Ming Lei, Ke Bi, Bo Li, Ji Zhou
Using metamaterials or transformation optics to manipulate Laplace fields, such as magnetic, electric and thermal fields, has become a research highlight. These studies, however, are usually limited to a bulk material system and to single field manipulation. In this paper, we focus on a film system and propose a general practical method applicable for such a system. In this method, the background film is covered with another one to construct a so-called "bilayer composite" to achieve required physical parameters...
December 26, 2016: Optics Express
Dushyant K Sharma, Surya K Pathak
In this study, we report slow wave propagation characteristics of an extremely anisotropic metamaterial loaded helical guide (EAMLHG). An analytical expression has been theoretically derived and numerically computed to get exact solutions of all possible guided modes of propagation. Anisotropy is defined in terms of positive longitudinal permittivity (ϵz > 0) and negatives transverse permittivity value (ϵt < 0). The waveguide supports hybrid (HE) mode propagation and possesses characteristics of backward wave (BW) mode, forward wave (FW) mode, zero-group velocity and mode-degeneracy...
December 26, 2016: Optics Express
E Petronijevic, C Sibilia
Electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT) is a pump-induced narrowband transparency window within an absorption line of the probe beam spectrum in an atomic system. In this paper we propose a way to bring together the all-dielectric metamaterials to have EIT-like effects and to optically tune the response by hybridizing them with a layer of a phase change material. We propose a design of the metamaterial based on Si nanoresonators that can support an EIT-like resonant response. On the top of the resonators we consider a thin layer of a chalcogenide phase change material, which we will use to tune the optical response...
December 26, 2016: Optics Express
Hai Lin, Dong Yang, Song Han, Yangjie Liu, Helin Yang
In this paper, we theoretically and experimentally demonstrate a three-dimensional metamaterial that can motivate electromagnetic induced transparency (EIT) by using circular polarized wave as stimulations. The unit cell consists of a pair of metallic strips printed on both sides of the printed circuit board (PCB), where a conductive cylinder junction is used to connect the metal strips by drilling a hole inside the substrate. When a right circularly polarized wave is incident, destructive interference is excited between meta-atoms of the 3D structure, the transmission spectrum demonstrates a sharp transparency window...
December 26, 2016: Optics Express
Giampaolo Pisano, Bruno Maffei, Peter A R Ade, Paolo de Bernardis, Peter de Maagt, Brian Ellison, Manju Henry, Ming Wah Ng, Brian Schortt, Carole Tucker
The quasi-optical modulation of linear polarization at millimeter and sub-millimeter wavelengths can be achieved by using rotating half-wave plates (HWPs) in front of polarization-sensitive detectors. Large operational bandwidths are required when the same device is meant to work simultaneously across different frequency bands. Previous realizations of half-wave plates, ranging from birefringent multi-plates to mesh-based devices, have achieved bandwidths of the order of 100%. Here we present the design and experimental characterization of a reflective HWP able to work across bandwidths of the order of 150%...
December 20, 2016: Applied Optics
Abdoulaye Ba, Artem Kovalenko, Christophe Aristégui, Olivier Mondain-Monval, Thomas Brunet
Soft porous silicone rubbers are demonstrated to exhibit extremely low sound speeds of tens of m/s for these dense materials, even for low porosities of the order of a few percent. Our ultrasonic experiments show a sudden drop of the longitudinal sound speed with the porosity, while the transverse sound speed remains constant. For such porous elastomeric materials, we propose simple analytical expressions for these two sound speeds, derived in the framework of Kuster and Toksöz, revealing an excellent agreement between the theoretical predictions and the experimental results for both longitudinal and shear waves...
January 5, 2017: Scientific Reports
Behrad Gholipour, Giorgio Adamo, Daniele Cortecchia, Harish N S Krishnamoorthy, Muhammad D Birowosuto, Nikolay I Zheludev, Cesare Soci
Organometallic perovskites, solution-processable materials with outstanding optoelectronic properties and high index of refraction, provide a platform for all-dielectric metamaterials operating at visible frequencies. Perovskite metasurfaces with structural coloring tunable across visible frequencies are realized through subwavelength structuring. Moreover, a threefold increase of the luminescence yield and comparable reduction of luminescence decay time are observed.
January 5, 2017: Advanced Materials
Ruifang Li, Dong Wu, Yumin Liu, Li Yu, Zhongyuan Yu, Han Ye
A perfect ultra-narrow band infrared metamaterial absorber based on the all-metal-grating structure is proposed. The absorber presents a perfect absorption efficiency of over 98% with an ultra-narrow bandwidth of 0.66 nm at normal incidence. This high efficient absorption is contributed to the surface plasmon resonance. Moreover, the surface plasmon resonance-induced strong surface electric field enhancement is favorable for application in biosensing system. When operated as a plasmonic refractive index sensor, the ultra-narrow band absorber has a wavelength sensitivity 2400 nm/RIU and an ultra-high figure of merit 3640, which are much better than those of most reported similar plasmonic sensors...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
Baoan Liu, Wei Gong, Bowen Yu, Pengfei Li, Sheng Shen
Thermal radiation with a narrow-band emission spectrum is of great importance in a variety of applications such as infrared sensing, thermophotovoltaics, radiation cooling and thermal circuits. Although resonant nanophotonic structures such as metamaterials and nanocavities have been demonstrated to achieve the narrow-band thermal emission, maximizing their radiation power towards perfect emission still remains challenging. Here, based on our recently developed Quasi-Normal Mode theory, we prove that thermal emission from a nanoscale transmission line resonator can always be maximized by tuning the waveguiding loss of the resonator or bending the structure...
January 3, 2017: Nano Letters
Zhaojun Wang, Xiaoming Zhou
The authors study the wave propagation in continuum acoustic metamaterials whose all or not all of the principal elements of the mass tensor or the scalar compressibility can be negative due to wave dispersion. Their time-domain wave characteristics are particularly investigated by the finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) method, in which algorithms for the Drude and Lorentz dispersion pertinent to acoustic metamaterials are provided necessarily. Wave propagation nature of anisotropic acoustic metamaterials with all admissible material parameters are analyzed in a general manner...
December 2016: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
Zuhuang Chen, Xi Wang, Yajun Qi, Sui Yang, Julio A N T Soares, Brent A Apgar, Ran Gao, Ruijuan Xu, Yeonbae Lee, Xiang Zhang, Jie Yao, Lane W Martin
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December 27, 2016: ACS Nano
Yichao Tang, Gaojian Lin, Shu Yang, Yun Kyu Yi, Randall D Kamien, Jie Yin
Programmable kirigami metamaterials with controllable local tilting orientations on demand through prescribed notches are constructed through a new approach of kiri-kirgami, and their actuation of pore opening via both mechanical stretching and temperature, along with their potential application as skins for energy saving building, is discussed.
December 27, 2016: Advanced Materials
Oleksandr Buchnev, Nina Podoliak, Thomas Frank, Malgosia Kaczmarek, Liudi Jiang, Vassili A Fedotov
Stiction is one of the major reliability issues limiting practical application of nano-electro-mechanical systems (NEMS), an emerging device technology that exploits mechanical movements on the scale of an integrated electronic circuit. We report on a discovery that stiction can be eliminated by infiltrating NEMS with nematic liquid crystals. We demonstrate this experimentally using a NEMS-based tunable photonic metamaterial, where reliable switching of optical response was achieved for the entire range of nanoscopic structural displacements admitted by the metamaterial design...
December 27, 2016: ACS Nano
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