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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 17 — Aug. 26, 2013
  • pp: 19834–19849

Photonic band structures of periodic arrays of pores in a metallic host: tight-binding beyond the quasistatic approximation

Kwangmoo Kim and D. Stroud  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 17, pp. 19834-19849 (2013)

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We have calculated the photonic band structures of metallic inverse opals and of periodic linear chains of spherical pores in a metallic host, below a plasma frequency ωp. In both cases, we use a tight-binding approximation, assuming a Drude dielectric function for the metallic component, but without making the quasistatic approximation. The tight-binding modes are linear combinations of the single-cavity transverse magnetic (TM) modes. For the inverse-opal structures, the lowest modes are analogous to those constructed from the three degenerate atomic p-states in fcc crystals. For the linear chains, in the limit of small spheres compared to a wavelength, the results bear some qualitative resemblance to the dispersion relation for metal spheres in an insulating host, as calculated by Brongersma et al. [Phys. Rev. B 62, R16356 (2000)]. Because the electromagnetic fields of these modes decay exponentially in the metal, there are no radiative losses, in contrast to the case of arrays of metallic spheres in air. We suggest that this tight-binding approach to photonic band structures of such metallic inverse materials may be a useful approach for studying photonic crystals containing metallic components, even beyond the quasistatic approximation.

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OCIS Codes
(160.5293) Materials : Photonic bandgap materials
(230.5298) Optical devices : Photonic crystals

ToC Category:
Photonic Crystals

Original Manuscript: March 21, 2013
Revised Manuscript: July 12, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: July 21, 2013
Published: August 16, 2013

Kwangmoo Kim and D. Stroud, "Photonic band structures of periodic arrays of pores in a metallic host: tight-binding beyond the quasistatic approximation," Opt. Express 21, 19834-19849 (2013)

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