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Opt Lett. 2006 Sep 1;31(17):2592-4.

Nanosphere dispersed liquid crystals for tunable negative-zero-positive index of refraction in the optical and terahertz regimes.

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  • 1Department of Electrical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, Unviersity Park, Pennsylvania 16802, USA. ick1@psu.edu

Abstract

An analysis of aligned nematic liquid crystal cells containing core-shell nanospheres shows that it is possible to devise a new type of metamaterial whose index of refraction is tunable from negative, through zero, to positive values. The design parameters for the constituents can be scaled for application in the optical as well as very long wavelength (e.g., terahertz and microwave) regions.

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