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Three-Dimensional Electromagnetic Metamaterials with Non-Maxwellian Effective Fields

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 February 2011

Jonghwa Shin
Affiliation:, Stanford University, Ginzton Lab, 450 Via Palou, Stanford University, CA, 94305, United States, 650-723-9100
Jung-Tsung Shen
Affiliation:, Stanford University, Ginzton Lab, Stanford University, CA, 94305, United States
Shanhui Fan
Affiliation:, Stanford University, Ginzton Lab, Stanford University, CA, 94305, United States
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It is commonly assumed that the long-wavelength limit of a metamaterial can always be described in terms of effective permeability and permittivity tensors. Here we report that this assumption is not necessary–there exists a new class of metamaterial consisting of several interlocking disconnected metal networks, for which the effective long-wavelength theory is local, but the effective field is non-Maxwellian, and possesses much more internal degrees of freedom than effective Maxwellian fields in a local homogeneous medium.

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Copyright © Materials Research Society 2007

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