Metamaterials: Physics and Engineering Explorations

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Metamaterials: Physics and Engineering Explorations
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Author Nader Engheta and Richard W. Ziolkowski
Country USA
Language English
Subject Engineering, physics, and applications of Metamaterials
Genre Science, Physics, Material science
Publisher John Wiley & Sons & IEEE Press
Publication date
Media type Hardcover book
Pages 440
ISBN 978-0-471-76102-0
OCLC 61757037
LC Class 2007270747

Metamaterials: Physics and Engineering Explorations is a book length introduction to the fundamental research and advancements in electromagnetic composite substances known as electromagnetic metamaterials. The discussion encompasses examination of the physics of metamaterial interactions, the designs, and the perspectives of engineering regarding these materials. Also included throughout the book are potential applications, which are discussed at various points in each section of each chapter. The book encompasses a variety of theoretical, numerical, and experimental perspectives.[1][2]

This book has been cited by a few hundred other peer reviewed research efforts, mostly peer-reviewed science articles.[3]


Nader Engheta received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering (with a minor in Physics), in 1982 from the California Institute of Technology. Currently he is a Professor of Electrical and Systems Engineering, and Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania. His current research activities include metamaterials, plasmonics, nano-optics, nanophotonics, bio-inspired sensing and imaging, miniaturized antennas and nanoantennas.[4][5]

Richard W. Ziolkowski received both his M.S. and Ph.D. in physics, in 1975 and 1980, respectively from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Currently he has a dual appointment at the University of Arizona. He is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and a Professor of the Optical Sciences. His current research includes metamaterial physics and engineering related to low frequency and high frequency antenna systems, and includes nanoparticle lasers.[6][7]

Through their respective research, both Engheta and Ziolkowski have each contributed significantly to advancing metamaterials. Ziolkowski has been described as being at the leading edge of metamaterials research since a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) workshop, in November, 1999.


Nader Engheta and Richard W. Ziolkowski, are also the editors of this book. They have compiled the published research related to metamaterials at the end of each chapter of this book. The content of each chapter describes the path the current research is taking in its respective domain. Included are descriptions of basic research (physics), and how it is applied (engineering). The chapters are written by contributors who are carrying out the actual research and applications, including some chapter contributions by Engheta and Ziolkowski.

Hence, the content of the book also consists of original research papers by researchers in the field, who are knowledgeable about metamaterials, and who have made significant contributions, to the advancement and understanding of metamaterials.[note 1] These persons were invited to present their discoveries and some conclusions, while researching metamateirals. Included in their findings are the state of the art developments in applications for antennas, waveguides, and related devices, and components.[1][2][8][9]


The first chapter opens with a very brief overview of the history of metamaterials. Afterwards, a history treatment is interspersed throughout the book, which frames the discussion of the related section or chapter. The organizational structure of the book begins with dividing the subject, electromagnetic metamaterials, into two major classes of metamaterials. The first major class is the SNG and DNG metamaterials, and the second major class is EBG structured metamaterials.[1][2][10]

The organizational format relates the SNG and DNG metamaterials into one class. This class is described by its common structure which is the subwavelength size of the inclusions, and the periodicity of the structure. The inclusions, or cells, are artificially arrayed into an ordered, repeating pattern, of equal dimensions and equidistant spacing. Such structures are then conceptually described as being homogenous and as effective media.[1][2][10]

EBG metamaterials, on the other hand, can be described by other periodic media concepts.

These classes are sub-divided further into their three-dimensional (3D volumetric) and two-dimensional (2D planar or surface) realizations. Examples of the aforementioned types of metamaterials are provided and their known and anticipated properties are described.[1][2][10]

In all, there are 14 chapters, along with a preface by the authors.


The book presents broad coverage of electromagnetic metamaterials. Coverage also includes theoretical, numerical, and experimental perspectives of the contributors, along with current and intended applications. The extensive peer reviewed article reference lists, at the end of each chapter, are noteworthy.[1][2][9]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f IEEE Explore Digital Library (2010). "Metamaterials : Physics and Engineering Explorations" (Books - Metamaterials section). IEEE. Retrieved 2010-05-01. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Google Books (2006). Metamaterials: physics and engineering explorations (Book Overview). Google Books. Retrieved 2010-05-01. 
  3. ^ Results 1 - 10 of about 221 citing Engheta: Metamaterials: physics and engineering explorations
  4. ^ Miller, Marguerite (Editor); Woulard, Natalie (Associate editor) (2005-09-27), "Nader Engheta: Ramsey Professor of Electrical & Systems Engineering" (Biography of Prof. Nader Engheta), University of Pennsylvania Almanac, 52 (05), retrieved 2010-05-02 
  5. ^ Engheta, Nader; et al. (May 2010). "Current research programs of the Engheta Group". U-Penn Engineering. Archived from the original (Current research programs of the) on 2010-06-16. Retrieved 2010-05-02. 
  6. ^ Bulleted biographical information. "Richard W. Ziolkowski". University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences. Archived from the original (Online) on September 4, 2010. Retrieved February 6, 2011. 
  7. ^ IEEE biography is produced here. "About Professor Richard W. Ziolkowski" (Online). University of Arizona ECE Department. Retrieved February 6, 2011. 
  8. ^ Stiles, Ed (2009-11-13). "What Nature Cannot Provide, Engineers Invent". University of Arizona - "Arizona Engineering Online". Archived from the original (Interview and information article in Arizona Engineering Online - the news service of the UA College of Engineering.) on 2010-04-09. Retrieved 2010-05-02. 
  9. ^ a b "Metamaterials, Physics and Engineering Explorations" (Book review. Free PDF download). SciTech Book News. Book News Inc. (Magazine/Journal). 30 (3): 134. September 2006. ISSN 0196-6006. Retrieved 2010-05-02. 
  10. ^ a b c Engheta, Nader; Ziolkowski, Richard W (2006). "Preface excerpt" (Free PDF download). John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Retrieved 2010-05-02. 


  1. ^ In this book's preface, the authors refer to the other contributors as "experts who are active in this area of research" p. xv.

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