Discovery and further development of novel materials regularly boost the standards of living through new technological progress and cutting-edge research. One of the very recent and promising discoveries is related to the field of artificially design materials – metamaterials, and their two-dimensional offspring called metasurfaces. These artificial materials offer a unique platform and great flexibility for tailoring electromagnetic waves, including manipulation with light.
In this Mid-term Seminar, I will present my recent experimental results related to the manipulation of electromagnetic near-fields with different types of artificial materials. More specifically, I will demonstrate how to employ metamaterials in the microwave frequency range either to study new physics related to electromagnetic topological insulators as well as applications to medical technologies boosting the sensitivity of MRI machines.