Experimental Characterization of Electromagnetic Metamaterials (Crete, Greece, 2010) Print E-mail
17th European Doctoral School on Metamaterials on Experimental Characterization of Electromagnetic Metamaterials
Dates:  December 13-17, 2010, Location:  Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas (FORTH), Crete, Greece. Organizers:FORTH – Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser (IESL) - http://www.iesl.forth.gr , Metamorphose Virtual Institute 

This edition of the Metamaterials School was supported by the ECONAM project and devoted to experimental electromagnetic characterization of metamaterials and to the available characterization techniques. Various available characterization approaches were discussed in detail, along with their regimes of validity, and various experimental characterization techniques were presented and demonstrated. These characterization techniques concern metamaterials operating from microwaves all the way to the optical regime. The presentations were accompanied by laboratory courses where the students had the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the details of each experimental procedure.

Characterization techniques included microwave transmission and reflection measurements (both amplitude and phase), THz timed domain spectroscopy, Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy, optical spectroscopy, ellipsometry, etc. In particular, laboratory exercises covered characterization of planar composite slabs, with the focus on double-negative composites, measurements of surface impedance of high-impedance surfaces, measurements of polarizabilities of artificial magnetic inclusions, and other experiments.


  1. High impedance surfaces (specular reflection phase for various angles) (abbreviated in the program as HIS)
  2. Metamaterials slab transmission & reflection (MM1 & MM2) - Homogeneous dielectrics, SRRs (negative permeability response, SRRs vs. closed-SRRs), SRRs& wires (demonstration of negative index response), chiral (cross-polarization measurements, extraction of chirality parameter)
  3. Waveguide measurements of single particles (for polarizability extraction) (PO)
  4. THz time domain spectroscopy introduction + transmission measurements (THz)
  5. Fourier Transform Infared Spectroscopy (FTIR)
  6. Ellipsometry
  7. Generation of white light source for optical characterization(WL)
  8. Optical spectroscopy (OS)rect laser writing

School lectures in pdf format are here.

School schedule can be found here.

More information on the school is here.