We demonstrate metamaterials operating in the near-visible regime based on two-dimensional arrays of gold-coated silicon nanopillars. The nanopillar arrays demonstrate a cutoff response at the metamaterial plasma frequency in accordance with theory and can be utilized for filtering applications. A plasma frequency in the near visible region of λ = 1 μm is calculated numerically for an array with a lattice constant of 300 nm and wire radius of 50 nm, with reflection measurements in agreement with numerical calculations. Such structures can be utilized for achieving negative-index based metamaterials for the visible spectrum. © 2012 American Institute of Physics.
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- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)