Taming the blackbody with infrared metamaterials as selective thermal emitters.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

In this Letter we demonstrate, for the first time, selective thermal emitters based on metamaterial perfect absorbers. We experimentally realize a narrow band midinfrared (MIR) thermal emitter. Multiple metamaterial sublattices further permit construction of a dual-band MIR emitter. By performing both emissivity and absorptivity measurements, we find that emissivity and absorptivity agree very well as predicted by Kirchhoff's law of thermal radiation. Our results directly demonstrate the great flexibility of metamaterials for tailoring blackbody emission.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Liu, X; Tyler, T; Starr, T; Starr, AF; Jokerst, NM; Padilla, WJ

Published Date

  • July 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 107 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 045901 -

PubMed ID

  • 21867022

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1079-7114

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0031-9007

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1103/physrevlett.107.045901


  • eng