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Chiral metamaterials reduce the attractive Casimir force
Author(s): R. Zhao; Th. Koschny; E. N. Economou; C. M. Soukoulis
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Paper Abstract

In our previous work [R. Zhao, J. Zhou, Th. Koschny, E. N. Economou, and C. M. Soukoulis, Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 103602 (2009)], we demonstrated theoretically that one can obtain repulsive Casimir forces and stable nanolevitations by using chiral metamaterials if the chirality is strong enough. In our recent work [R. Zhao, Th. Koschny, E.N. Economou, and C.M. Soukoulis, Phys. Rev. B 81, 235126 (2010)], we checked some chiral metamaterial designs and found that the artificial chiral metamaterials constructed by passive materials is very difficult to reach the critical chirality to realize repulsive Casimir force. Therefore, in this paper, we give a four-folded rotated Ω-particle chiral metamaterial as an example, use the effective medium approximation to retrieval the constitutive parameters, and take the same procedure as we did before to see how much the chiral metamaterial can reduce the attractive force. It shows that this un-optimized chiral metamaterial can reduce the Casimir attraction by 70%.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 September 2010
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 7754, Metamaterials: Fundamentals and Applications III, 77540Z (10 September 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.862555
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R. Zhao, Ames Lab. (United States)
Iowa State Univ. (United States)
Beijing Normal Univ. (China)
Th. Koschny, Ames Lab. (United States)
Iowa State Univ. (United States)
Univ. of Crete (Greece)
E. N. Economou, Univ. of Crete (Greece)
C. M. Soukoulis, Ames Lab. (United States)
Iowa State Univ. (United States)
Univ. of Crete (Greece)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7754:
Metamaterials: Fundamentals and Applications III
Allan D. Boardman; Nader Engheta; Mikhail A. Noginov; Nikolay I. Zheludev, Editor(s)

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