Ross C. McPhedran

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The most intense colours displayed in nature result from either multilayer reflectors or linear diffraction gratings. Here we investigate the spectacular iridescence of a spine (notoseta) from the sea mouse Aphrodita sp. (Polychaeta: Aphroditidae). The spine normally appears to be deep red in colour, but when light is incident perpendicular to the axis of(More)
We study wave propagation in mixed, 1D disordered stacks of alternating right- and left-handed layers and reveal that the introduction of metamaterials substantially suppresses Anderson localization. At long wavelengths, the localization length in mixed stacks is orders of magnitude larger than for normal structures, proportional to the sixth power of the(More)
Solutions for the fields in a coated cylinder where the core radius is bigger than the shell radius are seemingly unphysical, but can be given a physical meaning if one transforms to an equivalent problem by unfolding the geometry. In particular the unfolded material can act as an impedance matched hyperlens, and as the loss in the lens goes to zero finite(More)
We consider cloaking by a coated cylindrical system using plasmonic resonance, and extend previous quasistatic treatments to include the effect of finite wavelength. We show that a probe cylinder can still be cloaked at finite wavelengths, but the cloaking cylinder develops a non-zero scattering cross-section. We show that this latter effect is dominated by(More)
The response of the " perfect lens " , consisting of a slab of lossless material of thickness d with ε s = µ s = −1 at one frequency ω 0 is investigated. It is shown that as time progresses the lens becomes increasingly opaque to any physical TM line dipole source located a distance d 0 < d/2 from the lens and which has been turned on at time t = 0. Here a(More)
We propose and experimentally verify a way to achieve strong nonlinear coupling between the electromagnetic and elastic properties in metamaterials. This coupling is provided through a novel degree of freedom in metamaterial design: the internal rotation within structural elements. Our meta-atoms have high sensitivity to electromagnetic wave power, and the(More)
A theory that takes into account effects of retardation is developed for calculating the effective dielectric constant and magnetic permeability of metal-dielectric composites and photonic crystals containing a metallic component. The effective parameters depend, in general, on the local microgeometry of composites and electromagnetic crystals. For example,(More)