Long-range dipole-dipole interaction and anomalous Frster energy transfer across a hyperbolic metamaterial Academic Article uri icon


  • 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.

published proceedings

  • Physical Review B

altmetric score

  • 0.25

author list (cited authors)

  • Biehs, S., Menon, V. M., & Agarwal, G. S.

citation count

  • 43

complete list of authors

  • Biehs, S-A||Menon, Vinod M||Agarwal, GS

publication date

  • June 2016