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Spectral collapse in ensembles of meta-molecules

By V.A. Fedotov, N Papasimakis, E. Plum, A. Bitzer, M. Walther, P. Kuo, D.P. Tsai and N.I. Zheludev


We report on a new collective phenomenon in metamaterials: spectral line collapse with increasing number of the unit cell resonators (meta-molecules). Resembling the behaviour of exotic states of matter, such as Bose-Einstein condensates of excitons and magnons, this new effect is linked to the suppression of radiation losses in periodic arrays. We demonstrate experimentally spectral line collapse at microwave, terahertz and optical frequencies. It emerges as a universal and truly scalable effect underpinned by classical electromagnetic interactions between the excited meta-molecules

Topics: QC
Year: 2010
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