We have analytically studied uniaxial, birefringent, one-dimensional multilayer structures and found that in such structures birefringence leads to an interesting phenomenon of omnidirectional transmission. In particular, we have demonstrated analytically that the bigger the birefringence in the layers is, the better the omnidirectional transmission is. We demonstrated this property for all kinds of multilayers with absorption and dispersion.
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(050.2770) Diffraction and gratings : Gratings
(160.1190) Materials : Anisotropic optical materials
(160.2120) Materials : Elements
(220.4610) Optical design and fabrication : Optical fabrication
Antonio Mandatori, Concita Sibilia, Mario Bertolotti, Sergei Zhukovsky, and Sergey V. Gaponenko, "Analytical demonstration of omnidirectional transmission enhancement in dispersive birefringent photonic-bandgap structures," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 22, 1785-1792 (2005)