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Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Editor: Henry van Driel
  • Vol. 27, Iss. 11 — Nov. 1, 2010
  • pp: 2218–2223

On surface plasmon-polariton waves guided by the interface of a metal and a rugate filter with a sinusoidal refractive-index profile

Muhammad Faryad and Akhlesh Lakhtakia  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 27, Issue 11, pp. 2218-2223 (2010)

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The canonical boundary-value problem of wave propagation guided by the planar interface of an isotropic homogeneous metal and a dielectric rugate filter with a refractive index that varies periodically normal to the interface may admit more than one solution, at a specific frequency. The different solutions indicate surface plasmon-polariton (SPP) waves that differ in phase speed, attenuation rate, linear polarization state, and field distribution. The multiplicity of SPP waves can only be attributed to the periodic nonhomogeneity of the rugate filter.

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OCIS Codes
(240.0310) Optics at surfaces : Thin films
(240.5420) Optics at surfaces : Polaritons
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(240.6690) Optics at surfaces : Surface waves

ToC Category:
Optics at Surfaces

Original Manuscript: June 15, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: August 29, 2010
Published: October 11, 2010

Muhammad Faryad and Akhlesh Lakhtakia, "On surface plasmon-polariton waves guided by the interface of a metal and a rugate filter with a sinusoidal refractive-index profile," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 27, 2218-2223 (2010)

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