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Metamaterials add an extra dimension

In a major departure from their humble origins as ultrathin monolayers, optical metamaterials have now advanced to three-dimensional bulk media exhibiting both electric and magnetic activity.

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Figure 1: Evolution of three-dimensional metamaterials:

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