Optical magnetic plasma in artificial flowers. Academic Article uri icon


  • We report the design of an artificial flower-like structure that supports a magnetic plasma in the optical domain. The structure is composed of alternating "petals" of conventional dielectrics (epsilon > 0) and plasmonic materials (Re(epsilon ) < 0). The induced effective magnetic current on such a structure possesses a phase lag with respect to the incident TE-mode magnetic field, similar to the phase lag between the induced electric current and the incident TM-mode electric field on a metal wire. An analogy is thus drawn with an artificial electric plasma composed of metal wires driven by a radio frequency excitation. The effective medium of an array of flowers has a negative permeability within a certain wavelength range, thus behaving as a magnetic plasma.

published proceedings

  • Opt Express

author list (cited authors)

  • Li, J., Thylen, L., Bratkovsky, A., Wang, S., & Williams, R. S.

citation count

  • 1

complete list of authors

  • Li, Jingjing||Thylen, Lars||Bratkovsky, Alexander||Wang, Shiy-Yuan||Williams, R Stanley

publication date

  • June 2009