Transforming optical forces

Vincent Ginis, Philippe Tassin, Costas Soukoulis, Irina Veretennicoff

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We show how transformation optics can enhance optical gradient forces between two optical waveguides by several orders of magnitude. The technique is based on a coordinate transformation that alters the perceived distance between the waveguides. This transformation can be implemented using single-negative metamaterial thin films. The process is remarkably robust to the dissipative loss normally observed in metamaterials. Therefore, our results provide an alternative way to enhance optical forces in nanophotonic actuation systems and may be combined with existing resonator-based enhancement methods to produce optical gradient forces with unprecedented amplitude [Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 057401 (2013)].
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMetamaterials: Fundamentals and Applications VI
EditorsAllan D. Boardman, Nader Engheta, Mikhail A. Noginov, Nikolay I. Zheludev
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9780819496560
Publication statusPublished - 25 Aug 2013
EventSPIE Metamaterials: Fundamentals and Applications VI - San Diego, United States
Duration: 25 Aug 201329 Aug 2013

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


ConferenceSPIE Metamaterials: Fundamentals and Applications VI
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego


  • applied physics
  • optics
  • photonics
  • metamaterials
  • transformation optics
  • optical force
  • perfect lens


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