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  • Editor: Bernard Kippelen
  • Vol. 19, Iss. S2 — Mar. 14, 2011
  • pp: A126–A135

Phonon-mediated magnetic polaritons in the infrared region

L. P. Wang and Z. M. Zhang  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue S2, pp. A126-A135 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.19.00A126


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Abstract

Magnetic polaritons that couple electromagnetic waves with magnetic excitation can be used for tailoring the radiative properties of materials in energy-harvesting and other applications. Previous studies used metallic microstructures to induce magnetic responses. With rigorous coupled-wave analysis (RCWA), transmission enhancement with a SiC slit array and coherent thermal emission with a SiC deep grating is theoretically demonstrated in the infrared within the phonon absorption band. The field distributions and the agreement in the resonance frequencies predicted from both RCWA and LC circuit models strongly suggest that magnetic polaritons exist in the SiC microstructures. This type of magnetic polariton is mediated by vibration of atoms in polar materials (i.e., optical phonons), rather than by free electrons in metals. Our results suggest that phonon-mediated magnetic polaritons have promising applications such as filters and selective coherent emitters in the infrared spectral region.

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OCIS Codes
(240.5420) Optics at surfaces : Polaritons
(260.5740) Physical optics : Resonance
(160.3918) Materials : Metamaterials

ToC Category:
Radiative Transfer

History
Original Manuscript: November 30, 2010
Revised Manuscript: January 12, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: January 17, 2011
Published: January 27, 2011

Citation
L. P. Wang and Z. M. Zhang, "Phonon-mediated magnetic polaritons
in the infrared region," Opt. Express 19, A126-A135 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-19-S2-A126


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