Metamaterials for extreme optics

Presentation Date: 

Tuesday, July 27, 2021


SAIP2021 South-African Institute of Physics Conference, North-West University, South Africa

Presentation Slides: 

Nanotechnology has enabled the development of nanostructured composite materials (metamaterials) with exotic optical properties not found in nature. In the most extreme case, we can create materials which support light waves that propagate with infinite phase velocity, corresponding to a refractive index of zero. We have developed a variety of in-plane metamaterial designs that permit obtaining a refractive index of zero in the optical regime. We will report on some of the exotic physics of zero-index metamaterials, including strong enhancement of nonlinear optical phenomena. We can also create moiré-pattern materials inspired by twisted bilayer graphene to obtain materials that strongly localize light and lead to ultraslow light.