Abstract

We show that equivalent circuits offer a qualitative and even quantitative simple explanation for the behavior of various types of left-handed (or negative-index) metamaterials. This allows us to optimize design features and parameters while avoiding trial and error simulations or fabrications. In particular, we apply this unifying circuit approach in accounting for the features and in optimizing the structure employing parallel metallic bars on the two sides of a dielectric film.

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