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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 23 — Nov. 12, 2007
  • pp: 14961–14966

Localization of light in a lamellar structure with left-handed medium : the Light Wheel

P. H. Tichit, A. Moreau, and G. Granet  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 23, pp. 14961-14966 (2007)

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A rigorous analysis of the contra-directional coupling between a left-handed waveguide and a right-handed waveguide shows that such a structure supports twin modes with complex (conjugate) propagation constants. Using evanescent coupling or a source inside one of the waveguides, the twin modes can be excited. In this case, light rotates inside the lamellar structure forming an exotic mode : the light wheel. The structure can finally be seen as a new type of cavity and can be used for beam reshaping.

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OCIS Codes
(160.4670) Materials : Optical materials
(260.2110) Physical optics : Electromagnetic optics

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

Original Manuscript: September 10, 2007
Revised Manuscript: October 22, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: October 24, 2007
Published: October 29, 2007

P. H. Tichit, A. Moreau, and G. Granet, "Localization of light in a lamellar structure with left-handed medium : the Light Wheel," Opt. Express 15, 14961-14966 (2007)

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