Transformation optics and subwavelength control of light.


Journal Article

Our intuitive understanding of light has its foundation in the ray approximation and is intimately connected with our vision. As far as our eyes are concerned, light behaves like a stream of particles. We look inside the wavelength and study the properties of plasmonic structures with dimensions of just a few nanometers, where at a tenth or even a hundredth of the wavelength of visible light the ray picture fails. We review the concept of transformation optics that manipulates electric and magnetic field lines, rather than rays; can provide an equally intuitive understanding of subwavelength phenomena; and at the same time can be an exact description at the level of Maxwell's equations.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Pendry, JB; Aubry, A; Smith, DR; Maier, SA

Published Date

  • August 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 337 / 6094

Start / End Page

  • 549 - 552

PubMed ID

  • 22859483

Pubmed Central ID

  • 22859483

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1095-9203

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0036-8075

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1126/science.1220600


  • eng