Experimental Observations of a Left-Handed Material That Obeys Snell’s Law

Andrew A. Houck, Jeffrey B. Brock, Isaac L. Chuang

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We measure two-dimensional profiles of collimated microwave beams transmitted through composite wire and split-ring resonator prisms. Prior experiments suggest these structures have a negative index of refraction, though these claims have been questioned. Our 2D measurements demonstrate that transmission obeys Snell’s law with a negative index, confirming the refractive nature of this signal and refuting alternatives posed in the criticisms. In addition, we present preliminary evidence that a flat rectangular slab of this material can focus power from a point source.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4
Number of pages1
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number13
StatePublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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