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  • Vol. 17, Iss. 7 — Mar. 30, 2009
  • pp: 5265–5272

Low-symmetry magnetic photonic crystals for nonreciprocal and unidirectional devices

Alexander B. Khanikaev and M. J. Steel  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 7, pp. 5265-5272 (2009)

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We develop an exact theory for light propagation in transversely-magnetized low-symmetry magnetic photonic crystals. We investigate the nature of nonreciprocal dispersion and unidirectionality in these systems and show that it is associated with boundary effects rather than propagation. We calculate the nonreciprocal response of finite structures and propose an asymmetric magneto-optical cavity as a practical building block for one-way optical components.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(230.3810) Optical devices : Magneto-optic systems
(230.3990) Optical devices : Micro-optical devices
(050.5298) Diffraction and gratings : Photonic crystals

ToC Category:
Photonic Crystals

Original Manuscript: January 21, 2009
Revised Manuscript: March 8, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: March 9, 2009
Published: March 18, 2009

Alexander B. Khanikaev and M. J. Steel, "Low-symmetry magnetic photonic crystals for nonreciprocal and unidirectional devices," Opt. Express 17, 5265-5272 (2009)

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