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Perfect lensing with phase-conjugating surfaces: toward practical realization

Maslovski , S. ; Tretyakov, A.

New Journal of Physics Vol. 14, Nº 035007, pp. 1 - 22, March, 2012.

ISSN (print): 1367-2630
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Scimago Journal Ranking: 3,37 (in 2012)

Digital Object Identifier: 10.1088/1367-2630/14/3/035007

It is theoretically known that a pair of phase-conjugating surfaces can function as a perfect lens, focusing propagating waves and enhancing evanescent waves. However, the known experimental approaches based on thin sheets of nonlinear materials cannot fully realize the required phase conjugation boundary condition. In this paper, we show that the ideal phase-conjugating surface is, in principle, physically realizable and investigate the necessary properties of nonlinear and nonreciprocal particles which can be used to build a perfect lens system. The physical principle of the lens operation is discussed in detail and directions of possible experimental realizations are outlined.