We charted multiple surface-plasmon-polariton (SPP)-wave modes at the planar interface between a metal and a chiral sculptured thin film (STF) in terms of the period, vapor flux angle, and orientation angle of the latter material. Two distinct scenarios were considered: one based on a canonical boundary-value problem involving half-spaces filled with the metal and the chiral STF and another based upon a modified Kretschmann configuration for ease of implementation. Calculations using empirical data for the constitutive relations of both partnering materials show that the number and nature of the SPP-wave modes are highly dependent on all three parameters.
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Optics at Surfaces
Original Manuscript: June 9, 2011
Revised Manuscript: August 30, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: September 8, 2011
Published: October 12, 2011
John A. Polo, Jr., Tom G. Mackay, and Akhlesh Lakhtakia, "Mapping multiple surface-plasmon-polariton-wave modes at the interface of a metal and a chiral sculptured thin film," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 28, 2656-2666 (2011)