Long-range dipole-dipole interaction and anomalous Frster energy transfer across a hyperbolic metamaterial
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2016 American Physical Society. We study radiative energy transfer between a donor-acceptor pair across a hyperbolic metamaterial slab. We show that similar to a perfect lens a hyperbolic lens allows for giant energy transfer rates. For a realistic realization of a hyperbolic multilayer metamaterial we find an enhancement of up to three orders of magnitude with respect to the transfer rates across a plasmonic silver film of the same size especially for frequencies which coincide with the epsilon-near zero and the epsilon-near pole frequencies. Furthermore, we compare exact results based on the S-matrix method with results obtained from effective medium theory. Our finding of very large dipole-dipole interaction at distances of the order of a wavelength has important consequences for producing radiative heat transfer, quantum entanglement, etc.
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Biehs, S., Menon, V. M., & Agarwal, G. S.