Hyperbolic metamaterials: new physics behind a classical problem

Vladimir P. Drachev, Viktor A. Podolskiy, Alexander V. Kildishev
2013 Optics Express  
Hyperbolic materials enable numerous surprising applications that include far-field subwavelength imaging, nanolithography, and emission engineering. The wavevector of a plane wave in these media follows the surface of a hyperboloid in contrast to an ellipsoid for conventional anisotropic dielectric. The consequences of hyperbolic dispersion were first studied in the 50's pertaining to the problems of electromagnetic wave propagation in the Earth's ionosphere and in the stratified artificial
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doi:10.1364/oe.21.015048 pmid:23787692 fatcat:octj3lnewbefpnex6sb7pr46ia