Research Overview

What Are Metamaterials?

Conventional Lattice


Unique artificial composites
Has unprecedented properties vs. naturally existing materials,
  such as: negative e and m (left-handness), and lattice/symmetry tuning
Can be engineered via computer aided design (CAD)
Revolutionary physics concepts and novel applications


New Physics and DoD Applications

Creating Magnetism Without Magnet at High f

Diffraction-free Negative Superlens

Artificial Plasma with Negative e

Localized Magnetic Dipole moment


Why Metamaterials? – DoD Relevance

Metamaterials will greatly advance military applications:

Airborne Radars
Phase Arrays
Smaller RF devices with Tunable Window at Warships
Wireless Communications in the Military Missions

Objectives- An Integrated Approach

To discover the new physics and establish modeling method
To develop novel synthesis technologies
To demonstrate metamaterial -based devices for microwave and photonic applications
To develop new characterization techniques to measure the physical properties of the meta-materials
To transfer the technologies to DoD industries and train students in multidisciplinary metamaterials research.

Team Members and Expertise

Expertise Affiliations
Xiang Zhang
Metamat’ls synthesis
UC Berkeley
Gang Chen
Metamat’ls synthesis
Tatsuo Itoh Microwave electronics UCLA
Eli Yablonovitch PBG, optoelectronics
John Joannopoulos Physics, modeling
Sheldon Schultz
David Smith
Physics, characterizations, modeling
John Pendry Physics, modeling Imperial College