Institute of Applied Physics - AG Prof. Wegener

Detailed optical characterization of three-dimensional visible-frequency polarization-independent carpet invisibility cloak

  • Author:

    Tolga Ergin, Joachim Fischer, and Martin Wegener 

  • Source:

    Physica B 407, 4075–4077 (2012)

  • Date: 15.10.2012
  • Abstract:

    The invention of the three-dimensional woodpile photonic crystal by Costas M. Soukoulis and coworkers in 1994 has stimulated much further research — excellent research stimulates furtherresearch. Here, we report on using spatially inhomogeneous polymer woodpile structures in the long-wavelength limit as artificial graded-index structures. After briefly reviewing previous work on carpet invisibility cloaks designed by transformation optics, we present new experiments for various focus planes of the inspecting microscope as well as for different inspection angles in three-dimensional space. Numerical ray-tracing modeling is also provided. These data confirm our previous assessment that three-dimensional cloaking is quite robust for these structures.