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Journal of the Optical Society of America B

Journal of the Optical Society of America B

| OPTICAL PHYSICS

  • Editor: G. I. Stegeman
  • Vol. 23, Iss. 2 — Feb. 1, 2006
  • pp: 375–380

Brewster angle and optical tunneling in one-dimensional photonic crystals composed of left- and right-handed materials

Francisco Villa-Villa and Jorge A. Gaspar-Armenta  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA B, Vol. 23, Issue 2, pp. 375-380 (2006)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAB.23.000375


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Abstract

The band structure of periodic multilayers that include left- and right-handed materials is studied under the formalism of equivalent layers. Although the band structure of these systems looks quite complicated, it is shown that bandgaps and bulk bands follow a simple behavior that can be explained in terms of the phase thickness of one period and the Brewster condition that can be satisfied in both polarizations. The optical tunneling is explained in terms of optical holes that are points where the gaps narrow and close owing to the zero optical thickness of the period under given conditions. It is shown that optical tunneling can be present also under nonnormal incidence.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(160.4760) Materials : Optical properties
(240.0240) Optics at surfaces : Optics at surfaces
(240.0310) Optics at surfaces : Thin films
(240.7040) Optics at surfaces : Tunneling
(310.0310) Thin films : Thin films

ToC Category:
Photonic Crystals

History
Original Manuscript: March 30, 2005
Revised Manuscript: July 13, 2005
Manuscript Accepted: July 14, 2005

Citation
Francisco Villa-Villa and Jorge A. Gaspar-Armenta, "Brewster angle and optical tunneling in one-dimensional photonic crystals composed of left- and right-handed materials," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 23, 375-380 (2006)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josab/abstract.cfm?URI=josab-23-2-375

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