The dispersion equation for surface waves—with simple transverse exponential decay at the interface of identical biaxial crystals with a relative twist about the axis normal to the interface and propagating along a bisector of the angle between the crystallographic configurations on either side of the interface—has several solutions of which only one is physical. The selected type of surface wave is possible only for a restricted range of the twist angle, which depends on the ratio of the maximum and the minimum of the principal refractive indexes and the angle between the optic ray axes.
© 2007 Optical Society of America
Optics at Surfaces
Original Manuscript: January 3, 2006
Revised Manuscript: August 8, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: September 13, 2006
Published: February 14, 2007
Sudarshan R. Nelatury, John A. Polo, Jr., and Akhlesh Lakhtakia, "Surface waves with simple exponential transverse decay at a biaxial bicrystalline interface," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 24, 856-865 (2007)