TY - JOUR

T1 - Finite-difference time-domain analysis of the tunneling and growing exponential in a pair of Îμ -negative and Î -negative slabs

AU - Alú, Andrea

AU - Engheta, Nader

AU - Ziolkowski, Richard W.

PY - 2006

Y1 - 2006

N2 - Pairing together planar material slabs with opposite signs for the real parts of their constitutive parameters has been shown to lead in the steady-state regime to interesting and unconventional properties that are not otherwise observable for single slabs, such as resonance, anomalous tunneling, transparency, and subwavelength imaging through the reconstruction of evanescent waves. The mechanics of the phenomenon, however, and in particular how the steady-state resonant response is reached, has not been explored. Here we analyze how a transient sinusoidal signal that starts at t=0 interacts with such a complementary pair of finite size using a finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) technique. Multiple reflections and transmissions at each interface are shown to build up to the eventual steady-state response of the pair, and during this process one can observe how the â€œgrowing exponentialâ€phenomenon may actually occur inside this bilayer. As with any resonant phenomena, the time response of this effect depends on the Q of the system, which is related to the geometrical and electrical parameters of the bilayer. Transparency to finite beams and reconstruction of the subwavelength details of an image are shown in the transient and steady-state response of the setup through one-dimensional and two-dimensional FDTD simulations.

AB - Pairing together planar material slabs with opposite signs for the real parts of their constitutive parameters has been shown to lead in the steady-state regime to interesting and unconventional properties that are not otherwise observable for single slabs, such as resonance, anomalous tunneling, transparency, and subwavelength imaging through the reconstruction of evanescent waves. The mechanics of the phenomenon, however, and in particular how the steady-state resonant response is reached, has not been explored. Here we analyze how a transient sinusoidal signal that starts at t=0 interacts with such a complementary pair of finite size using a finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) technique. Multiple reflections and transmissions at each interface are shown to build up to the eventual steady-state response of the pair, and during this process one can observe how the â€œgrowing exponentialâ€phenomenon may actually occur inside this bilayer. As with any resonant phenomena, the time response of this effect depends on the Q of the system, which is related to the geometrical and electrical parameters of the bilayer. Transparency to finite beams and reconstruction of the subwavelength details of an image are shown in the transient and steady-state response of the setup through one-dimensional and two-dimensional FDTD simulations.

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U2 - 10.1103/PhysRevE.74.016604

DO - 10.1103/PhysRevE.74.016604

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:33746242378

SN - 1539-3755

VL - 74

JO - Physical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics

JF - Physical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics

IS - 1

M1 - 016604

ER -