Layered chiral metallic meta-materials

Nikolay I. Zheludev*, Aris Papakostas, Adrian Potts, Harry J. Coles, Darren M. Bagnall

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Using electron beam lithographic techniques we have manufactured left and right-handed forms of an artificial medium consisting of high densities of microscopic planar chiral metallic objects distributed regularly in a plane. In this artificial medium we have for the first time observed optical manifestations of planar chirality in the form of handedness-sensitive rotation of the polarization state and elliptization of visible light diffracted from the structure. Applications of such media in functional materials are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)112-117
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 2002


  • metallic nanostructures
  • optical activity
  • planar chirality

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