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Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Editor: Grover Swartzlander
  • Vol. 30, Iss. 11 — Nov. 1, 2013
  • pp: 3035–3040

Dyakonov–Tamm waves guided by the planar surface of a chiral sculptured thin film

Muhammad Faryad, Akhlesh Lakhtakia, and Drew Patrick Pulsifer  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 30, Issue 11, pp. 3035-3040 (2013)

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Propagation of Dyakonov–Tamm waves guided by the interface of air and a chiral sculptured thin film (STF) was investigated theoretically. The solution of the dispersion equation showed that the direction of propagation is either unrestricted or almost unrestricted in the interface plane. For very limited ranges of the direction of propagation, multiple Dyakonov–Tamm waves may even exist. These surface waves were theoretically found to be excitable in the Otto prism-coupled configuration by an incident plane wave of either linear polarization state, thereby lending hope for an easy way to observe Dyakonov–Tamm waves experimentally.

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OCIS Codes
(160.1190) Materials : Anisotropic optical materials
(240.0310) Optics at surfaces : Thin films
(240.6690) Optics at surfaces : Surface waves

ToC Category:
Optics at Surfaces

Original Manuscript: August 6, 2013
Revised Manuscript: September 25, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: September 25, 2013
Published: October 28, 2013

Muhammad Faryad, Akhlesh Lakhtakia, and Drew Patrick Pulsifer, "Dyakonov–Tamm waves guided by the planar surface of a chiral sculptured thin film," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 30, 3035-3040 (2013)

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