Engineering the point spread function of layered metamaterials

A. Pastuszczak 1 , M. Stolarek 1 ,  and R. Kotyński 1
  • 1 Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw, 7 Pasteura Str., 02-093, Warsaw, Poland


Layered metal-dielectric metamaterials have filtering properties both in the frequency domain and in the spatial frequency domain. Engineering their spatial filtering response is a way of designing structures with specific diffraction properties for such applications as sub-diffraction imaging, supercollimation, or optical signal processing at the nanoscale. In this paper we review the recent progress in this field.

We also present a numerical optimization framework for layered metamaterials, based on the use of evolutionary algorithms. A measure of similarity obtained using Hölder’s inequality is adapted to construct the overall criterion function. We analyse the influence of surface roughness on the quality of imaging.

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