Planar chiral meta-materials for photonic devices

A. Potts*, A. Papakostas, N. I. Zheludev, H. J. Coles, R. Greef, D. M. Bagnall

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We report the first optical results due to the effects of two-dimensional (2D) chirality. Using electron beam lithography we have fabricated arrays of metallic planar chiral structures on dielectric substrates, with characteristic dimensions in the near infra-red, and observed the effects of their chirality on the polarization states of diffracted light. The results showed strong polarization effects, with the handedness of the individual elements having a direct effect on the sense and magnitude of rotation of the diffracted light. We believe such structures could, in the future, form the core of a new class of meta-materials with refractive indices engineered to suit individual optical applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)393-395
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Materials Science: Materials in Electronics
Issue number5-7
Publication statusPublished - May 2003
Externally publishedYes


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