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Novel effects of metamaterials on propagation and localisation of electromagnetic waves in photonic crystal structures

Funding: 2009: $120,000
2010: $85,000
2011: $85,000

Project Member(s): Botten, L.

Funding or Partner Organisation: Australian Research Council (ARC Discovery Projects)

Start year: 2009

Summary: Metamaterials, artificial composites that possess remarkable optical properties, are being intensively researched for subwavelength applications including superlenses, cloaking and nanophotonic circuits. Recently, a small number of articles has appeared showing that mixed media systems, comprising both normal and meta-materials, exhibit properties that are just as remarkable and sometimes surprising. While the door to exciting new applications of such systems is now ajar, most of the fundamental questions remain unanswered. This project will thus investigate the physics of ordered and disordered mixed media systems in 1D, 2D and 3D, develop a suite of modelling tools and explore phenomena that might underpin novel devices.

Keywords: Metamaterials, Photonic crystals, Localisation, Scattering and diffraction, Defect modes, Radiation dyanamics,

FOR Codes: Optical Physics, Mathematical Physics, Expanding Knowledge in the Physical Sciences, Atomic, molecular and optical physics