Suppression of Anderson localization in disordered metamaterials

Ara A. Asatryan, Lindsay C. Botten, Michael A. Byrne, Valentin D. Freilikher, Sergey A. Gredeskul, Ilya V. Shadrivov, Ross C. McPhedran, Yuri S. Kivshar

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We study wave propagation in mixed, 1D disordered stacks of alternating right- and left-handed layers and reveal that the introduction of metamaterials substantially suppresses Anderson localization. At long wavelengths, the localization length in mixed stacks is orders of magnitude larger than for normal structures, proportional to the sixth power of the wavelength, in contrast to the usual quadratic wavelength dependence of normal systems. Suppression of localization is also exemplified in long-wavelength resonances which largely disappear when left-handed materials are introduced.

Original languageEnglish
Article number193902
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number19
StatePublished - 9 Nov 2007


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