Spatial filtering with rough metal-dielectric layered metamaterials


  • Marcin Stolarek Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw
  • Piotr Wróbel Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw
  • Tomasz Stefaniuk Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw
  • Mateusz Wlazło Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw
  • Anna Pastuszczak Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw
  • Rafał  Kotyński Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw



Imaging through layered metal-dielectric optical metamaterials may be modeled as linear spatial filtering. We characterize the filtering properties of a thin metal-dielectric-metal multilayer structure evaporated by physical vapor deposition. We present the measurements of transmission spectra, and of surface roughness, as well as the simulation results showing the sensitivity of the structure properties to surface roughness. Surface roughness is found to be the major factor that limits the theoretical filtering properties of the structure.

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How to Cite

M. Stolarek, P. Wróbel, T. Stefaniuk, M. Wlazło, A. Pastuszczak, and R. Kotyński, “Spatial filtering with rough metal-dielectric layered metamaterials”, Photonics Lett. Pol., vol. 5, no. 2, pp. pp. 60–62, Jun. 2013.