11 June 2003 Electrodynamics of left-handed materials
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The theory of diffraction in the system consisting from the left-handed and the right-handed materials is constructed. The theory is based upon the Huygens principle and the Kirchhoff integral and it is valid if the wavelength is smaller than any relevant length of the system. The theory is applied to the calculation of the smearing of the foci of the Veselago lens due to the finite wavelength. We show that the Veselago lens is a unique optical instrument for the 3D imaging, but it is not a "superlens" as it has been claimed recently. We analyze the possibility of obtaining a left-handed materials on the basis of the metallic photonic crystals. The recent experimental results on the LHM are discussed.
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Alexander L. Efros, Alexander L. Efros, A. L. Pokrovsky, A. L. Pokrovsky, } "Electrodynamics of left-handed materials", Proc. SPIE 5023, 10th International Symposium on Nanostructures: Physics and Technology, (11 June 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.511542; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.511542

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