Metamaterials: A New Paradigm of Physics and Engineering

By Vladimir M. Shalaev

Purdue University



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Three part lecture on metamaterials. Metamaterials are expected to open a gateway to unprecedented electromagnetic properties and functionality unattainable from naturally occurring materials, thus enabling a family of new “meta-devices”. In these three lectures, we review this new emerging field and significant progress in developing metamaterials. Specifically, we describe recently demonstrated artificial magnetism at high frequencies, including the visible part of the spectrum, negative-index in the optical range, and promising approaches along with challenges in realizing optical cloaking. The new paradigm of engineering space for light with transformation optics will be also discussed.


Vladimir M. Shalaev Vladimir M. Shalaev, the Robert and Anne Burnett Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Purdue University, specializes in nanophotonics, plasmonics, and optical metamaterials. Dr. Shalaev has several awards for his research in the field of nanophotonics and metamaterials. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, Fellow of The International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE), a Fellow of the Optical Society of America. Dr. Shalaev is editor/co-editor for a number of journals and book series in the area of nanoscale optics. He authored and edited 7 books, published 20 invited book chapters, and over 250 research papers.


This lectures is part of ECE 695S Nanophotonics as offered Spring 2008.


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Optical Metamaterials Fundamentals and Applications

by Wenshan Cai and Vladimir Shalaev

ISBN: 978-1-4419-1150-6 This volume details recent advances in the study of optical metamaterials, ranging from fundamental aspects to up-to-date implementations, in one unified treatment.

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Lecture Number/Topic Online Lecture Video Lecture Notes Supplemental Material Suggested Exercises
Metamaterials, Part 2: Negative-Index, Nonlinear Optics and Super/Hyper-Lenses View Flash View Notes (pdf)
Metamaterials, Part 3: Cloaking and Transformation Optics View Flash View Notes (pdf)
Metamaterials, Part 1: Electrical and Magnetic Metamaterials View Flash View Notes (pdf)