Beam Collimation Using an Anisotropic Metamaterial Slab Without Any Nanometer-Sized Aperture

Shou Zhang, Guohui Li, Yanxia Cui*, Feng Zhang, Sailing He, Yuying Hao, Fu Rong ZHU

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Plasmonic beam collimation effect has been thoroughly investigated based on the well-known nanometer-scale bull’s eye structure formed by complex and high-cost fabrication processes. In this work, we report our effort for attaining beam collimation using an anisotropic metamaterial (AMM) slab that consists of a stack of alternating metal/dielectric layers and an integrated top metal grating. The results show that AMM slab allows creating the beam collimation effect similar to that of the bull’s eye structure, an enabling technology for practical application due to its simple architecture and cost benefits. The excitation of surface plasmons at the AMM/air interface is derived. The structure of the AMM slab and its impact on beaming performance were analyzed using the effective medium theory and finite element method.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)803-809
Number of pages7
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2016

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry

User-Defined Keywords

  • Anisotropic metamaterials
  • Collimation
  • Gratings
  • Surface plasmons


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