Experimental demonstration of near-infrared epsilon-near-zero multilayer metamaterial slabs

Xiaodong Yang, Changyu Hu, Huixu Deng, Daniel Rosenmann, David A. Czaplewski, Jie Gao
2013 Optics Express  
Near-infrared epsilon-near-zero (ENZ) metamaterial slabs based on silver-germanium (Ag-Ge) multilayers are experimentally demonstrated. Transmission, reflection and absorption spectra are characterized and used to determine the complex refractive indices and the effective permittivities of the ENZ metamaterial slabs, which match the results obtained from both the numerical simulations and the optical nonlocalities analysis. A rapid post-annealing process is used to reduce the collision
more » ... collision frequency of silver and therefore decrease the optical absorption loss of multilayer metamaterial slabs. Furthermore, multilayer grating structures are studied to enhance the optical transmission and also tune the location of ENZ wavelength. The demonstrated near-infrared ENZ multilayer metamaterial slabs are important for realizing many exotic applications, such as phase front shaping and engineering of photonic density of states.
doi:10.1364/oe.21.023631 pmid:24104275 fatcat:3z7bvbt7bfhb7cbffqnhfoqe7u