Hyperlens Layer Designer

By Matt Swanson1, Alexander V. Kildishev1, Xingjie Ni1

1. Purdue University

Design a hyperlens using concentric cylindrical layers of various materials

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Version 1.1 - published on 11 Oct 2014

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Recent research has been done in regards to optically imaging using metamaterials. One such project is the hyperlens, which aims to overcome the classical diffraction limit and project a magnified image into the far field. The potential applications for this device range from nanolithography to bioimaging.

The Hyperlens Layer Designer tool is intended to be used in conjunction with the Hyperlens Solver tool to aid in the design and simulation of a hyperlens. The Hyperlens Layer Designer allows users to quickly and easily create hyperlens designs and save them for later use in the Hyperlnes Solver. By using these two tools, users can experiment with different designs and evaluate performance to find the optimal layout before beginning fabrication.

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The Hyperlens Layer Designer tool was developed using Python and the TkInter module, a thin object-oriented layer on top of Tcl/Tk



  • Matt Swanson ... SURF Fellow, software concept and GUI development
  • Xingjie Ni ... Graduate mentor, concept development, PhotonicsDB integration
  • Alexander Kildishev ... Advising professor, concept development
  • Acknowledgements

  • Michael McLennan, Derrick Kearney, Steven Clark ... nanoHUB training and support

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Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF), Purdue University


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  • Matt Swanson; Alexander V. Kildishev; Xingjie Ni (2014), "Hyperlens Layer Designer," http://nanohub.org/resources/hypiedesigner. (DOI: 10.21981/D36Q1SJ09).

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