Optical Metamaterials

Fundamentals and Applications

  • Wenshan Cai
  • Vladimir Shalaev

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. W. Cai, V. Shalaev
    Pages 1-10
  3. W. Cai, V. Shalaev
    Pages 11-37
  4. W. Cai, V. Shalaev
    Pages 39-58
  5. W. Cai, V. Shalaev
    Pages 59-75
  6. W. Cai, V. Shalaev
    Pages 77-100
  7. W. Cai, V. Shalaev
    Pages 101-122
  8. W. Cai, V. Shalaev
    Pages 123-136
  9. W. Cai, V. Shalaev
    Pages 137-157
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 197-200

About this book


Metamaterials—artificially structured materials with engineered electromagnetic properties—have enabled unprecedented flexibility in manipulating electromagnetic waves and producing new functionalities. In just a few years, the field of optical metamaterials has emerged as one of the most exciting topics in the science of light, with stunning and unexpected outcomes that have fascinated scientists and the general public alike.

This volume details recent advances in the study of optical metamaterials, ranging from fundamental aspects to up-to-date implementations, in one unified treatment. Important recent developments and applications such as superlenses and cloaking devices are also treated in detail and made understandable. Optical Metamaterials will serve as a very timely book for both newcomers and advanced researchers in this rapidly evolving field.

Early praise for Optical Metamaterials:

"...this book is timely bringing to students and other new entrants to the field the most up to date concepts. The authors are amongst the leaders in the field and ideally positioned to write such a comprehensive volume: their enthusiasm shines through every chapter of the text. This book will I am sure play an important part in taking the subject of metamaterials to new heights of invention and application. We should all have a copy on our shelves." – Professor Sir John Pendry, Imperial College London

"This book provides an understandable introduction to the field of optical metamaterials, including all the necessary background and a comprehensive review of this new paradigm in the science of light. Professor Shalaev, a world-leading expert in optics and metamaterials, and his former student, Dr. Cai, a rising star in his own right, have skillfully developed a volume that will prove important for both experts and students just entering the exciting field of photonic metamaterials and transformation optics. This book will certainly find a place within easy reach on my shelf." – Professor Victor G. Veselago, A.M.Prokhorov Institute of General Physics, Moscow

"This is a nice treatment and a lucid description of the rapidly growing field of optical metamaterials. In this book, Wenshan Cai and Vladimir Shalaev have done a tremendous job in making this exciting scientific topic accessible to those interested in this field. They have discussed its fundamental concepts and potential applications in a clear and engaging way, providing the reader with a fascinating overview of this active area of research. I enjoyed reading this book, and I highly recommend it to all who wish to learn about the optical metamaterials. It tells a fascinating story about this field of optical science and engineering." – Nader Engheta, H. Nedwill Ramsey Professor of Electrical and Systems Engineering, University of Pennsylvania


Optics dielectrics electroma electromagnetic wave evanescent waves hoyingf metal-dielectric composites metamaterial near-field superlens negative index media optical magnetism optical negative index application optical negative index optimization super resolution with planar lens tunable superlens

Authors and affiliations

  • Wenshan Cai
    • 1
  • Vladimir Shalaev
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. Materials Science & EngineeringStanford UniversityStanfordU.S.A.
  2. 2.Birck Nanotechnology CenterPurdue University West LafayetteU.S.A.

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