Transformation Optics and Subwavelength Control of Light

TitleTransformation Optics and Subwavelength Control of Light
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsJ..B. Pendry, A.. Aubry, D.R. Smith, S..A. Maier
Pagination549 - 552
Date Published08/2012

Our intuitive understanding of light has its foundation in the ray approximation and is intimately connected with our vision. As far as our eyes are concerned, light behaves like a stream of particles. We look inside the wavelength and study the properties of plasmonic structures with dimensions of just a few nanometers, where at a tenth or even a hundredth of the wavelength of visible light the ray picture fails. We review the concept of transformation optics that manipulates electric and magnetic field lines, rather than rays; can provide an equally intuitive understanding of subwave length phenomena; and at the same time can be an exact description at the level of Maxwell’s equations.

Short TitleScience