J. Phys. Cond. Matt.

10, 4785


Low Frequency Plasmons in Thin Wire Structures

J.B. Pendry

, AJ Holden, DJ Robbins, and WJ Stewart


A photonic structure consisting of an extended 3D network of thin wires is shown to behave like a low density plasma of very heavy charged particles with a plasma frequency in the GHz range. We show that the analogy with metallic behaviour in the visible is rather complete, and the picture is confirmed by three independent investigations: analytic theory, computer simulation, and experiments on a model structure. The fact that the wires are thin is crucial to the validity of the picture. This new composite dielectric, which has the property of negative below the plasma frequency, opens new possibilities for GHz devices.

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