, Volume 13, Issue 2, pp 563–566 | Cite as

Investigation of Optical Spectrum Properties of Hexagonal Boron Nitride from Metal to Dielectric Transition

  • Zhengyong Song
  • Wu Wang
  • Guoxiong Cai
  • Qing Huo Liu


Hexagonal boron nitride as a natural hyperbolic material has attracted lots of attention recently. Here, we investigate numerically the optical spectrum properties of hexagonal boron nitride from the perspective of optical transition. After careful data analysis, hexagonal boron nitride at the epsilon-near-zero point of permittivity either turns from a hyperbolic material to an effective dielectric for transverse magnetic-polarized wave or from an effective metal to an effective dielectric for transverse electric-polarized wave. The results in this work may pave the way for potential applications of hexagonal boron nitride in the field of metamaterials.


Hexagonal boron nitride Optical transition Hyperbolic 



This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China under Grant Nos. 11504305 and 11604276 and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities, Xiamen University (20720160104).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zhengyong Song
    • 1
  • Wu Wang
    • 1
  • Guoxiong Cai
    • 1
  • Qing Huo Liu
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Electromagnetics and Acoustics, Department of Electronic ScienceXiamen UniversityXiamenChina
  2. 2.Department of Electrical and Computer EngineeringDuke UniversityDurhamUSA

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