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Restricted equivalence of paired epsilon–negative and mu–negative layers to a negative phase–velocity material (alias left–handed material)

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The time–harmonic electromagnetic responses of (a) a bilayer made of an epsilon–negative layer and a mu–negative layer, and (b) a single layer of a negative phase–velocity material are compared. Provided all layers are electrically thin, a restricted equivalence between (a) and (b) exists. The restricted equivalence depends on the linear polarization state and the transverse wavenumber. Implications for perfect lenses and parallel–plate waveguides are considered.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: CATMAS — Computational and Theoretical Materials Science Group, Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802–6812, USA 2: Microwave Technology Branch, Electronic Science & Technology Division, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC 20375–5347, USA

Publication date: 01 November 2003

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