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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 2 — Jan. 21, 2008
  • pp: 1150–1164

Propagation of electromagnetic waves in stratified media with nonlinearity in both dielectric and magnetic responses

Kihong Kim, D. K. Phung, F. Rotermund, and H. Lim  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 2, pp. 1150-1164 (2008)

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We develop a generalized version of the invariant imbedding method, which allows us to solve the electromagnetic wave equations in arbitrarily inhomogeneous stratified media where both the dielectric permittivity and magnetic permeability depend on the strengths of the electric and magnetic fields, in a numerically accurate and efficient manner. We apply our method to a uniform nonlinear slab and find that in the presence of strong external radiation, an initially uniform medium of positive refractive index can spontaneously change into a highly inhomogeneous medium where regions of positive or negative refractive index as well as metallic regions appear. We also study the wave transmission properties of periodic nonlinear media and the influence of nonlinearity on the mode conversion phenomena in inhomogeneous plasmas. We argue that our theory is very useful in the study of the optical properties of a variety of nonlinear media including nonlinear negative index media fabricated using wires and split-ring resonators.

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OCIS Codes
(190.1450) Nonlinear optics : Bistability
(190.5940) Nonlinear optics : Self-action effects

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: November 30, 2007
Revised Manuscript: January 12, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: January 13, 2008
Published: January 15, 2008

Kihong Kim, D. K. Phung, F. Rotermund, and H. Lim, "Propagation of electromagnetic waves in stratified media with nonlinearity in both dielectric and magnetic responses," Opt. Express 16, 1150-1164 (2008)

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