Metamaterials with conformational nonlinearity


Within a decade of fruitful development, metamaterials became a prominent area of research, bridging theoretical and applied electrodynamics, electrical engineering and material science. Being man-made structures, metamaterials offer a particularly useful playground to develop interdisciplinary concepts. Here we demonstrate a novel principle in metamaterial assembly which integrates electromagnetic, mechanical, and thermal responses within their elements. Through these mechanisms, the conformation of the meta-molecules changes, providing a dual mechanism for nonlinearity and offering nonlinear chirality. Our proposal opens a wide road towards further developments of nonlinear metamaterials and photonic structures, adding extra flexibility to their design and control.

DOI: 10.1038/srep00138

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@inproceedings{Lapine2011MetamaterialsWC, title={Metamaterials with conformational nonlinearity}, author={Mikhail Lapine and Ilya V. Shadrivov and David A. Powell and Yuri S Kivshar}, booktitle={Scientific reports}, year={2011} }