Journal of the European Optical Society - Rapid publications, Vol 4 (2009)

Prospects for poor-man's cloaking with low-contrast all-dielectric optical elements

N. A. Mortensen, O. Sigmund, O. Breinbjerg


We discuss the prospects for low-contrast all-dielectric cloaking and offer a simple picture illustrating the basic obstacle for perfect cloaking without materials with an effective double-negative response. However, the same simple picture also gives directions for less perfect designs allowing for planar transmitted fields, but at the prize of phase-slips which can only be eliminated at well-defined frequencies where the phase-slip amounts to a multiple of 2pi. As a particular example, we consider assemblies of all-dielectric Luneburg lenses forming a porous structure allowing for hiding objects inside the pores, independently on the polarization of the incident field. Cloaking must in general be realized with metamaterials realized through sub-wavelength structures, i.e. Lambda\ll lambda with Lambda being the period and lambda the free-space wavelength. Interestingly, cloaking-like operations with Luneburg-lens arrays perform in the opposite limit with Lambda\gg lambda.

© The Authors. All rights reserved. [DOI: 10.2971/jeos.2009.09008]

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