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Predicting Observable Quantities of Self-Assembled Metamaterials from the T-Matrix of Its Constituting Meta-Atom

Institute of Theoretical Solid State Physics, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Wolfgang Gaede Str. 1, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany
Institute of Nanotechnology, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, P.O. Box 3640, 76021 Karlsruhe, Germany
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Materials 2018, 11(2), 213;
Received: 15 January 2018 / Revised: 26 January 2018 / Accepted: 26 January 2018 / Published: 30 January 2018
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Self-assembled metamaterials attract considerable interest as they promise to make isotropic bulk metamaterials available at low costs. The optical response of self-assembled metamaterials is derived predominantly from the response of its individual constituents, i.e., the meta-atoms. Beyond effective properties, primary experimentally observable quantities, such as specific cross-sections, are at the focus of interest as they are frequently considered when exploiting metamaterials in specific applications. This posses the challenge of predicting these observable quantities for a diluted ensemble of randomly oriented meta-atoms. Thus far, this has been achieved by either averaging the optical response of the meta-atom across all possible incident fields or by restricting the consideration to only an electric and magnetic dipolar response. This, however, is either time-consuming or imposes an unnecessary limitation. Here, we solve this problem by deriving and presenting explicit expressions for experimentally observable quantities of metamaterials made from randomly arranged and oriented meta-atoms characterized by their T-matrix. View Full-Text
Keywords: metamaterials; self-assembled; photonics; scattering; chirality; plasmonics metamaterials; self-assembled; photonics; scattering; chirality; plasmonics

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Suryadharma, R.N.S.; Rockstuhl, C. Predicting Observable Quantities of Self-Assembled Metamaterials from the T-Matrix of Its Constituting Meta-Atom. Materials 2018, 11, 213.

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