In principle, materials with a broadband giant index of refraction (n> 10) overcome chromatic aberration and shrink the diffraction limit down to the nanoscale, allowing new opportunities for nanoscopic imaging. They also open alternative avenues for the management of light to improve the performance of photovoltaic cells. Recent advances have demonstrated the feasibility of a giant refractive index in metamaterials at microwave and terahertz frequencies, but the highest reported broadband index of refraction in the visible is n< 5. Here, we report a ferroelectric perovskite with an index of refraction of n> 26 across the entire visible spectrum and demonstrate its behaviour using white-light and laser refraction and diffraction experiments. The sample, a solid-solution (KTN:Li) perovskite, has a naturally occurring room-temperature phase that propagates visible light along its normal axis without significant diffraction or chromatic dispersion, irrespective of beam size, intensity and angle of incidence.

Giant broadband refraction in the visible in a ferroelectric perovskite / Di Mei, F.; Falsi, L.; Flammini , M.; Pierangeli, D.; Di Porto, P.; Agranat, A. J.; DEL RE, Eugenio. - In: NATURE PHOTONICS. - ISSN 1749-4885. - 12:(2018), pp. 734-738. [10.1038/s41566-018-0276-3]

Giant broadband refraction in the visible in a ferroelectric perovskite

F. Di Mei
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L. Falsi;D. Pierangeli;E. DelRe.
2018

Abstract

In principle, materials with a broadband giant index of refraction (n> 10) overcome chromatic aberration and shrink the diffraction limit down to the nanoscale, allowing new opportunities for nanoscopic imaging. They also open alternative avenues for the management of light to improve the performance of photovoltaic cells. Recent advances have demonstrated the feasibility of a giant refractive index in metamaterials at microwave and terahertz frequencies, but the highest reported broadband index of refraction in the visible is n< 5. Here, we report a ferroelectric perovskite with an index of refraction of n> 26 across the entire visible spectrum and demonstrate its behaviour using white-light and laser refraction and diffraction experiments. The sample, a solid-solution (KTN:Li) perovskite, has a naturally occurring room-temperature phase that propagates visible light along its normal axis without significant diffraction or chromatic dispersion, irrespective of beam size, intensity and angle of incidence.
Optics; nanodisordered ferroelectric; white light
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Giant broadband refraction in the visible in a ferroelectric perovskite / Di Mei, F.; Falsi, L.; Flammini , M.; Pierangeli, D.; Di Porto, P.; Agranat, A. J.; DEL RE, Eugenio. - In: NATURE PHOTONICS. - ISSN 1749-4885. - 12:(2018), pp. 734-738. [10.1038/s41566-018-0276-3]
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