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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 14 — Jul. 7, 2008
  • pp: 10543–10548

Backward nonlinear surface Tamm states in left-handed metamaterials

Abdolrahman Namdar, Samad Roshan Entezar, Habib Tajalli, and Zahra Eyni  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 14, pp. 10543-10548 (2008)

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We addressed the existence of the nonlinear electromagnetic surface waves, the so-called Tamm states, that form at an interface separating a nonlinear uniform left-handed metamaterial and a conventional one-dimensional photonic crystal. We found two types of nonlinear surface waves, one with a hump at the interface and the other one with two humps. It was demonstrated that the nonlinear metamaterial can support the both type Tamm states with a backward energy flow and allows for a flexible control of the dispersion properties of surface states. We also, described the intensity-dependent properties of surface Tamm states for a nonlinear self-focusing medium.

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OCIS Codes
(190.0190) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics
(240.6690) Optics at surfaces : Surface waves
(160.3918) Materials : Metamaterials
(160.5298) Materials : Photonic crystals

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Original Manuscript: May 12, 2008
Revised Manuscript: June 18, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: June 18, 2008
Published: June 30, 2008

Abdolrahman Namdar, Samad Roshan Entezar, Habib Tajalli, and Zahra Eyni, "Backward nonlinear surface Tamm states in left-handed metamaterials," Opt. Express 16, 10543-10548 (2008)

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