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Chin. Phys. B, 2014, Vol. 23(4): 047809    DOI: 10.1088/1674-1056/23/4/047809
Special Issue: TOPICAL REVIEW — Plasmonics and metamaterials
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Metamaterials and plasmonics:From nanoparticles to nanoantenna arrays, metasurfaces, and metamaterials

Francesco Monticone, Andrea Alú
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, 1 University Station C0803, Austin, Texas 78712, USA
Abstract  The rise of plasmonic metamaterials in recent years has unveiled the possibility of revolutionizing the entire field of optics and photonics, challenging well-established technological limitations and paving the way to innovations at an unprecedented level. To capitalize the disruptive potential of this rising field of science and technology, it is important to be able to combine the richness of optical phenomena enabled by nanoplasmonics in order to realize metamaterial components, devices, and systems of increasing complexity. Here, we review a few recent research directions in the field of plasmonic metamaterials, which may foster further advancements in this research area. We will discuss the anomalous scattering features enabled by plasmonic nanoparticles and nanoclusters, and show how they may represent the fundamental building blocks of complex nanophotonic architectures. Building on these concepts, advanced components can be designed and operated, such as optical nanoantennas and nanoantenna arrays, which, in turn, may be at the basis of metasurface devices and complex systems. Following this path, from basic phenomena to advanced functionalities, the field of plasmonic metamaterials offers the promise of an important scientific and technological impact, with applications spanning from medical diagnostics to clean energy and information processing.
Keywords:  plasmonics      metamaterials      nanoparticles      scattering  
Received:  08 January 2014      Revised:  29 January 2014      Accepted manuscript online: 
PACS:  78.67.Pt (Multilayers; superlattices; photonic structures; metamaterials)  
  73.20.Mf (Collective excitations (including excitons, polarons, plasmons and other charge-density excitations))  
  78.67.Bf (Nanocrystals, nanoparticles, and nanoclusters)  
  42.25.Fx (Diffraction and scattering)  
Fund: Project supported by the ONR MURI (Grant No. N00014-10-1-0942).
Corresponding Authors:  Andrea Alú     E-mail:  alu@mail.utexas.edu
About author:  78.67.Pt; 73.20.Mf; 78.67.Bf; 42.25.Fx

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Francesco Monticone, Andrea Alú Metamaterials and plasmonics:From nanoparticles to nanoantenna arrays, metasurfaces, and metamaterials 2014 Chin. Phys. B 23 047809

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