Applied Physics B

, Volume 84, Issue 1–2, pp 261–264 | Cite as

Linear polarizer made of indefinite media

  • Z. Ma
  • P. WangEmail author
  • Y. Cao
  • H. Tang
  • H. Ming


We propose a new type of polarizer that utilizes indefinite media–media for which not all elements of the permittivity and permeability tensors possess the same sign [5]. We demonstrate both theoretically and numerically that, when certain physical parameters are chosen, a slab of indefinite media can transmit all the p-polarized components of the incident electromagnetic waves and fully reflect the s-polarized ones; thus, it can be used as a linear polarizer or a polarizing beam splitter. The proposed polarizer has some advantages compared to polarizers of the conventional types. Practical models for such polarizers are also presented.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity of Science and Technology of ChinaHefeiP.R. China

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