Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (KAKENHI) on Innovative Areas
Electromagnetic Metamaterials, MEXT, Japan
Project Leader: Masanori Hangyo (Institute of Laser Engineering, Osaka University)

Purpose of the Research Project

Electromagnetic metamaterials are artificially structured materials having effective permittivities and permeabilities which cannot be obtained by natural materials. Metamaterials are made by arranging elements (meta-atoms) much smaller than wavelengths. For example, both the permittivity and permeability become negative by the proper design and arrangement of meta-atoms, resulting in the anomalous properties such as negative refraction and perfect lens. In this project, we consider metamaterials as novel electromagnetic and/or optical functional materials. We will establish a new metamaterial field by combining effectively the creation of new concepts, developments of design and fabrication methods, and demonstration of novel physical phenomena.

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