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  • Editor: Franco Gori
  • Vol. 31, Iss. 9 — Sep. 1, 2014
  • pp: 1923–1930

Analysis of Dyakonov surface waves existing at the interface of an isotropic medium and a conductor-backed uniaxial slab

Sipeng Chen, Zhongxiang Shen, and Wen Wu  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA A, Vol. 31, Issue 9, pp. 1923-1930 (2014)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAA.31.001923


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Abstract

In this paper, Dyakonov surface waves (Dyakonov SWs) existing at the interface between a semi-infinite isotropic medium and a conductor-backed uniaxial slab are analyzed with the help of an exponential-matrix method. The boundary conditions at the interface are formulated using eigenvalues and eigenvectors of two partnering media. Based on this, the existence region of Dyakonov SWs is formulated and proven to be highly dependent on the thickness of the uniaxial slab. Some relevant characteristics of the propagating Dyakonov SWs, such as the distribution of the propagation constant, and the electric- and magnetic-field distributions, are introduced and investigated. In addition, this method can be applied to analyze other finite thickness structures.

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OCIS Codes
(160.1190) Materials : Anisotropic optical materials
(240.6690) Optics at surfaces : Surface waves
(350.5500) Other areas of optics : Propagation

ToC Category:
Optics at Surfaces

History
Original Manuscript: March 10, 2014
Revised Manuscript: June 19, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: July 12, 2014
Published: August 7, 2014

Citation
Sipeng Chen, Zhongxiang Shen, and Wen Wu, "Analysis of Dyakonov surface waves existing at the interface of an isotropic medium and a conductor-backed uniaxial slab," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 31, 1923-1930 (2014)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josaa/abstract.cfm?URI=josaa-31-9-1923


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