Departmental Papers (ESE)
Enhanced Directivity From Subwavelength Infrared/Optical Nano-Antennas Loaded With Plasmonic Materials or Metamaterials
Here, we explore theoretically the concept of enhanced directivity from electrically small subwavelength radiators containing negative-parameter materials, such as plasmonic materials with negative permittivity at THz, infrared and optical frequencies. In particular, we study higher order plasmonic resonances of a subwavelength core-shell spherical nano-antenna, and we analyze the near-zone field distributions and far-field radiation patterns of such a structure when it is excited by a small dipole source, demonstrating analytically and numerically the possibility of having highly directive patterns from a nano-structure with electrically small dimensions. Radiation characteristics and intrinsic limitations on performance are analyzed in detail, and a potential application of this novel technique for super-resolution detection of the displacement of a nano-object is also pointed out.
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metamaterials, nanoantennas, optical frequencies, super-directivity
Date Posted: 02 September 2008
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Copyright 2008 IEEE. Reprinted from IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, Volume 55, Issue 11, Part 1, November 2007, 3027-3039.
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