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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 22, Iss. 1 — Jan. 13, 2014
  • pp: 537–546

Nonreciprocal optical diffraction by a single layer of gyromagnetic cylinders

Tian-Jing Guo, Teng-Fei Li, Mu Yang, Hai-Xu Cui, Qing-Hua Guo, Xue-Wei Cao, and Jing Chen  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue 1, pp. 537-546 (2014)

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We study the diffraction of optical waves by a single layer of gyromagnetic cylinders. We show that a nonvanishing rotating dipole momentum is excited in a single gyromagnetic cylinder because of the classic analog of the Zeeman effect on photonic angular momentum states (PAMSs). Consequently, different collective dipole modes are excited in a gyromagnetic cylinder array at opposite incident angles. Nonreciprocal optical diffraction effects can be observed, where the transmission and reflection coefficients depend on the sign of the incident angle. A novel phenomenon of nonreciprocal negative directional transmission is demonstrated and numerically analyzed. This work highlights the potential of PAMSs in manipulating the propagation of optical waves for various applications.

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OCIS Codes
(020.7490) Atomic and molecular physics : Zeeman effect
(160.3820) Materials : Magneto-optical materials
(160.3918) Materials : Metamaterials

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Original Manuscript: October 16, 2013
Revised Manuscript: December 10, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: December 13, 2013
Published: January 3, 2014

Tian-Jing Guo, Teng-Fei Li, Mu Yang, Hai-Xu Cui, Qing-Hua Guo, Xue-Wei Cao, and Jing Chen, "Nonreciprocal optical diffraction by a single layer of gyromagnetic cylinders," Opt. Express 22, 537-546 (2014)

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