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Hyperlens Design Solver

Simulates a cylindrical hyperlens design to obtain resulting field intensities

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Version 1.2.1 - published on 19 Oct 2009

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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 Design Solver tool is intended to be used in conjunction with the Hyperlens Layer Designer tool to aid in the design and simulation of a hyperlens. The Hyperlens Design Solver tool allows users to upload designs created with the Hyperlens Layer Designer tool, make a new design, or select from several pre-existing designs. The tool then simulates the performance of the design and outputs several plots of the resulting field intensities. By using these two tools, users can experiment with different designs and evaluate performance to find the optimal design before beginning fabrication.

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Propagation in Multilayer Structures


  • Matt Swanson ... SURF Fellow, GUI development, Matlab solver integration
  • Xingjie Ni ... Graduate mentor, PhotonicsDB integration
  • Zubin Jacob ... Graduate mentor, Matlab solver
  • Alexander Kildishev ... Advising Professor, solver prototype
  • Acknowledgements

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

Sponsored by

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF), Purdue University


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2. E. E. Narimanov and V. M. Shalaev, “Beyond diffraction,” Nature 447, 226-227 (2007).

3. Z. Jacob, L. V. Alekseyev, and E. Narimanov, "Semiclassical theory of the hyperlens," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 24, A52-A59 (2007).

4. Z. Liu, H. Lee, Y. Xiong, C. Sun and X. Zhang, “Far-Field Optical Hyperlens Magnifying Sub-Diffraction-Limited Objects,” Science 315, 1686 (2007).

5. A. V. Kildishev and E. E. Narimanov, “Impedance-matched hyperlens,” Opt. Lett. 32, 3432-3434 (2007).

6. A. V. Kildishev and V. M. Shalaev, "Engineering space for light via transformation optics," Opt. Lett. 33, 43-45 (2008).


A. V. Kildishev, U. K. Chettiar, Z. Jacob, V. M. Shalaev, and E. E. Narimanov, Materializing a binary hyperlens design Appl. Phys. Lett. 94, 071102 (2009)

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  • Matt Swanson; Xingjie Ni; zubin jacob; Alexander V. Kildishev (2009), "Hyperlens Design Solver," (DOI: 10.4231/D30C4SJ7H).

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