Optical Metamaterials by Block Copolymer Self-Assembly

  • Stefano¬†Salvatore

Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  2. Stefano Salvatore
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  11. Back Matter
    Pages 79-83

About this book


Metamaterials are artificially designed materials engineered to acquire their properties by their specific structure rather than their composition. They are considered a major scientific breakthrough and have attracted enormous attention over the past decade. The major challenge in obtaining an optical metamaterial active at visible frequencies is the fabrication of complex continuous metallic structures with nanometric features.

This thesis presents the fabrication and characterization of optical metamaterials made by block copolymer self-assembly.  This  approach allows fabrication of an intriguing and complex continuous 3D architecture called a gyroid, which is replicated into active plasmonic materials such as gold. The optical properties endowed by this particular gyroid geometry include reduction of plasma frequency, extraordinarily enhanced optical transmission, and a predicted negative refractive index. To date, this is the 3D optical metamaterial with the smallest features ever made.


3D Optical Metamaterial Block Copolymer Metamaterial Block Copolymer Self-assembly Enhanced Transmission Gyroid Structure Metamaterial Sensor Nanostructured Metamaterial Self-assembled Metamaterial Stretchable Metamaterial

Authors and affiliations

  • Stefano¬†Salvatore
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity of Cambridge, Cavendish LaboratoryCambridgeUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-05331-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-05332-5
  • Series Print ISSN 2190-5053
  • Series Online ISSN 2190-5061
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