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The left hand of brightness: past, present and future of negative index materials

Recent advances have brought negative index materials and their fascinating properties from their theoretical origins into the domain of experimental physics and device engineering.

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Figure 1: The history of negative refraction.
Figure 2: Different forms of negative refraction.
Figure 3: Different designs of metamaterials at optical frequencies.

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We would like to acknowledge support by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research, grants 06-02-16830-a and 04-02-16460-a (V.G.V.), as well as by the Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials (PRISM) and the National Science Foundation, grants DMR-0134736 and ECS-0400615 (E.E.N.).

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Veselago, V., Narimanov, E. The left hand of brightness: past, present and future of negative index materials. Nature Mater 5, 759–762 (2006). https://doi.org/10.1038/nmat1746

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