Metamaterials for optical security

Martínez, A.; García-Meca, C.; Ortuño, R.; Rodríguez-Fortuño, F. J.; Martí, J.
June 2009
Applied Physics Letters;6/22/2009, Vol. 94 Issue 25, p251106
Academic Journal
In this letter we introduce the concept of optical security marks based on photonic metamaterials. We propose that a metamaterial with strong negative magnetic activity in the visible wavelength regime can be used to create a security mark that can be incorporated in any object to ensure its authenticity. The sophisticated nanofabrication processes needed to manufacture the metamaterial contribute to avoid counterfeiting. To illustrate the concept, a particular configuration consisting of silver nanohoops is analyzed.


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