Wideband dielectric metamaterial reflectors: Mie scattering or leaky Bloch mode resonance?

Published on 2018-03-07T23:24:56Z (GMT) by
Metamaterials are important as they possess properties not found in simple materials. Photonic device technology applying metamaterials supports many new and useful applications. Here, we address the fundamental physics of wideband metamaterial reflectors. We show that these devices operate because of resonant leaky Bloch modes propagating in the periodic lattice. Moreover, in contrast to published literature, we demonstrate that Mie scattering in individual array particles is not a causal effect. In particular, by connecting the constituent particles by a matched sublayer and thereby destroying the Mie cavity, we find that the resonance bandwidth actually expands even though localized Mie resonances have been extinguished. There is no abrupt change in the reflection characteristics on addition of a sublayer to any metamaterial array consisting of discrete particles. Thus, the physics of the discrete and connected arrays is the same. The resonant Bloch mode picture is supported by numerous additional examples and analyses presented herein.

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Ko, Yeong; Magnusson, Robert (2018): Wideband dielectric metamaterial reflectors: Mie scattering or leaky Bloch mode resonance?. The Optical Society. Collection.