Hyperbolic metasurfaces

Juan Sebastian Gomez Diaz, Mykhailo Tymchenko, Andrea Alu

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The properties of surface plasmons supported by infinitesimally thin hyperbolic metasurfaces are investigated in detail. Hyperbolic metasurfaces are rigorously modelled using uniaxial conductivity tensors, thus taking into account their combined dielectric/metallic nature. The dispersion relation of the supported modes is analytically derived and asymptotically simplified to closely follow the branches of the TM hyperbolic isofrequency contour. The features of the supported plasmons include i) an ideally infinite field confinement, limited in practice by the presence of losses and the periodicity of the engineered structure, and ii) propagation along specific directions within the sheet, which can be controlled by manipulating the components of the metasurface conductivity tensor. We envision that hyperbolic metasurfaces may find application in guided plasmonic devices, enhancing the spontaneous emission rate of emitters, imaging and sensing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2015 IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society International Symposium, APS 2015 - Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9781479978151
StatePublished - Oct 22 2015
Externally publishedYes
EventIEEE Antennas and Propagation Society International Symposium, APS 2015 - Vancouver, Canada
Duration: Jul 19 2015Jul 24 2015


OtherIEEE Antennas and Propagation Society International Symposium, APS 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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