In broad strokes, the initial surge of research in metamaterials focused on achieving exotic and extreme optical properties, while more recent studies pursue functionality and tunability. In this context, Minovich et. al. take a canonical optical metamaterial, the metal 'fishnet,' and achieve both optically and electrically induced tunability by infiltrating the fishnet with liquid crystals, demonstrating an intriguing path towards compact and dynamic optical components.
Alexander Minovich, James Farnell, Dragomir N. Neshev, Ian McKerracher, Fouad Karouta, Jie Tian, David A. Powell, Ilya V. Shadrivov, Hark Hoe Tan, Chennupati Jagadish, and Yuri S. Kivshar
Applied Physics Letters
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