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Mikhail Lapine Editorial - Metamaterials: a new degree of freedom in physics

Mikhail Lapine,
Nonlinear Physics Centre, Australian National University, Canberra
Coordinating Editor, Metamaterials

Turning back to the decade that passed since metamaterials were introduced in electromagnetics, we can feel confident to see how the field evolved into a hot topic encompassing a wide span across physics, from radio-frequency through microwave and terahertz range into optics, and still delivering a driving force to other areas, such as acoustics.

Metamaterials are artificial media, where man-made structural units play the role of atoms. Thus, the complex phenomena in metamaterials result from the characteristics of the individual elements as well as from the way they are arranged in a lattice. In other words, metamaterials gain emerging properties – such that were not available in their constitutive elements alone. This provides enormous flexibility in tailoring the response of metamaterials to external waves or fields, and secured the dominant application area of metamaterials: unusual or extreme properties.
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