Analytical study of subwavelength imaging by uniaxial epsilon-near-zero metamaterial slabs


We discuss the imaging properties of uniaxial epsilon-near-zero metamaterial slabs with possibly tilted optical axis, analyzing their subwavelength focusing properties as a function of the design parameters. We derive in closed analytical form the associated two-dimensional Green’s function in terms of special cylindrical functions. For the near-field parameter ranges of interest, we are also able to derive a small-argument approximation in terms of simpler analytical functions. Our results, validated and calibrated against a full-wave reference solution, expand the analytical tools available for computationally efficient and physically incisive modeling and design of metamaterial-based subwavelength imaging systems.

Physical Review B 86(11), 115123