Suppression of left-handed properties in disordered metamaterials

Alexander A. Zharov*, Ilya V. Shadrivov, Yuri S. Kivshar

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    We show that disorder can modify dramatically the effective magnetic response of a composite metamaterial including its specific property of negative refraction. We demonstrate that a relatively weak disorder in the parameters of the split-ring resonators can reduce and even completely eliminate the finite frequency range where the metamaterial possesses the left-handed properties. This effect is expected to be crucially important for a design of metamaterials operating in the terahertz or visible region of the frequency spectrum.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number113906
    JournalJournal of Applied Physics
    Issue number11
    Publication statusPublished - 2005


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