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Group front evolution of Gaussian beam refracted from a right- to left-handed medium

Jacek Pniewski and Tomasz Szoplik  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 18, pp. 8232-8239 (2006)
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Abstract

Local enhancement of the power flow in a group front of a transient sinusoidal Gaussian beam refracted at the boundary of right- and left-handed media is observed. In vacuum the beam reaches a sinusoidal steady state that is a form of continuous wave (CW) Gaussian beam after 6 wave periods. Behind the interface plane in a low loss double negative medium with normal dispersion the individual Fourier components of the beam diffract at different angles and have diversified phase speeds. This results in the group front build-up that propagates on with the beam and moves sideways with respect to the group velocity direction, where energy is transported. The enhancement is illustrated with 2-D simulations using finite difference time domain (FDTD) method.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

1. Introduction

Negative refraction of electromagnetic waves at the interface between a nondispersive right-handed material (RHM) and a strongly dispersive lossy left-handed medium (LHM) has received much attention in the literature of the last few years [1–23

1 . D. R. Smith and N. Kroll , “ Negative refractive index in left-handed materials ,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 85 , 4184 – 4187 ( 2000 ). [CrossRef]

]. In most of those papers a left-handed material was a medium with effectively negative both electric permittivity and magnetic permeability as was proposed originally by Veselago [24

24 . V. G. Veselago , “ The electrodynamics of substances with simultaneously negative values of e and μ ,” Sov. Phys. Usp. 10 , 509 – 514 ( 1968 ). [CrossRef]

]. The papers were addressed to demonstration of steady state phenomena such as negative refraction, energy propagation and focusing with double negative (DNG) slabs. However, the simulation tool which was the FDTD method is useful to observe transient effects as well [25

25 . A. Taflove and S. C. Hagness , Computational Electrodynamics: The Finite-Difference Time-Domain Method , 2nd ed. ( Artech House, Norwood, MA 2000 ).

].

Considerations on wave packet evolution during refraction were first published by Ziolkowski and Heyman [2

2 . R. W. Ziolkowski and E. Heyman , “ Wave propagation in media having negative permittivity and permeability ,” Phys. Rev. E 64 , 056625–1 – 15 ( 2001 ). [CrossRef]

]. Smith et al. [6

6 . D. R. Smith , D. Schurig , and J. B. Pendry , “ Negative refraction of modulated electromagnetic waves ,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 81 , 2713 – 2715 ( 2002 ). [CrossRef]

] the first pointed out that interference fronts associated with plane wave modulated in space and frequency undergo positive refraction in LHM and move sideways with respect to the group velocity that is direction of negatively refracted energy flow. Then, Foteinopoulou et al. [9

9 . S. Foteinopoulou , E. N. Economou , and C. M. Soukoulis , “ Refraction in media with a negative refractive index ,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 90 , 107402–1 – 4 ( 2003 ). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

] wrote a remarkable sentence about refraction of a wave packet with both space and time Gaussian profiles on RHM-LHM interface: The wave is trapped temporarily at the interface, reorganizes, and, after a long time, the wave front moves eventually in the negative direction. That long reorganization time of the order of a few tens of the wave periods necessary to build up the new wavefront was attributed to resonant scattering behavior of the interface between a RHM and DNG photonic crystal. For a CW Gaussian beam the process of reorganization of wave front in a DNG material just behind the interface plane was observed by Cummer [11

11 . S. A. Cummer “ Dynamics of causal beam refraction in negative refractive index materials ,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 82 , 2008 – 2010 ( 2003 ). [CrossRef]

], who described it as a transient change of the refracted beam direction due to different angles of refraction of particular frequency components.

In 2004, Zhang and Park [20

20 . Z. M. Zhang and K. Park , “ On the group front and group velocity in a dispersive medium upon refraction from a nondispersive medium ,” J. Heat Transfer -Trans. ASME 126 , 244 – 249 ( 2004 ). [CrossRef]

] made a clear distinction between group and group front velocity directions connected with propagation of spectral components of a Gaussian wave packet negatively refracted in a normal dispersion DNG medium. They confirmed the result of Smith et al. [6

6 . D. R. Smith , D. Schurig , and J. B. Pendry , “ Negative refraction of modulated electromagnetic waves ,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 81 , 2713 – 2715 ( 2002 ). [CrossRef]

] that positively refracted group fronts move in a different direction than negatively refracted energy flow.

In the following text, a group front notion describes the initial part of an envelope of amplitudes of a group of interfering electromagnetic waves with different frequencies that in a dispersive medium travel with different speeds. After Zhang and Park [20

20 . Z. M. Zhang and K. Park , “ On the group front and group velocity in a dispersive medium upon refraction from a nondispersive medium ,” J. Heat Transfer -Trans. ASME 126 , 244 – 249 ( 2004 ). [CrossRef]

], we accept that a group front moves with group front velocity, which is parallel to group velocity when a wave packet propagates in nondispersive medium, or when it incidents normally at the interface between RHM and dispersive LHM. When a wave packet incidents obliquely and refracts into LHM the group front and group velocities have different values and different directions. In Ref. [6

6 . D. R. Smith , D. Schurig , and J. B. Pendry , “ Negative refraction of modulated electromagnetic waves ,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 81 , 2713 – 2715 ( 2002 ). [CrossRef]

] the group front velocity is called the velocity of interference front.

To avoid misinterpretation we indicate that when CW Gaussian beam propagating from RHM enters a normal dispersion LHM its group velocity has the same direction as the energy velocity. The difference between group velocity and energy velocity of light pulses in absorbing and dispersive dielectrics was discussed by Sherman and Oughstun [26

26 . G. C. Sherman and K. E. Oughstun , “ Energy-velocity description of pulse propagation in absorbing, dispersive dielectrics ,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 12 , 229 – 247 ( 1995 ). [CrossRef]

], in finite photonic band-gap structures by D’Aguanno et al. [27

27 . G. D’Aguanno , M. Centini , M. Scalora , C. Sibilia , M. J. Bloemer , C. M. Bowden , J. W. Haus , and M. Bertolotti , “ Group velocity, energy velocity, and superluminal propagation in finite photonic band-gap structures ,” Phys. Rev. E 63 , 036610 ( 2001 ). [CrossRef]

], in anomalous dispersion media by Huang and Zhang [28

28 . C.-G. Huang and Y.-Z. Zhang , “ Poynting vector, energy density, and energy velocity in an anomalous dispersion medium ,” Phys. Rev. A 65 , 015802 ( 2001 ). [CrossRef]

] and in electrically and magnetically dispersive media by Scalora et al. [29

29 . M. Scalora , G. D’Aguanno , N. Mattiucci , N. Akozbek , M. J. Bloemer , M. Centini , C. Sibilia , and M. Bertolotti , “ Pulse propagation, dispersion, and energy in magnetic materials ,” Phys. Rev. E 72 , 66601–1 – 8 ( 2005 ). [CrossRef]

]. In 2002 Rupin [4

4 . R. Ruppin , “ Electromagnetic energy density in a dispersive and absorptive material ,” Phys. Lett. A 299 , 309 – 312 ( 2002 ). [CrossRef]

] described energy transport in LHM and gave expressions for energy velocity and energy density. The problem of electromagnetic energy stored in metamaterials continues to be a subject of interest [23

23 . I. S. Nefedov , A. J. Viitanen , and S. A. Tretyakov , “ Electromagnetic wave refraction at an interface of a double wire medium ,” Phys. Rev. B 72 , 245113–1 – 9 ( 2005 ). [CrossRef]

, 27–32

27 . G. D’Aguanno , M. Centini , M. Scalora , C. Sibilia , M. J. Bloemer , C. M. Bowden , J. W. Haus , and M. Bertolotti , “ Group velocity, energy velocity, and superluminal propagation in finite photonic band-gap structures ,” Phys. Rev. E 63 , 036610 ( 2001 ). [CrossRef]

].

Dependence of component values of refractive index tensor of DNG non-isotropic metamaterial on frequency may lead to engineering a distribution of energy in a refracted wave front. This might have important practical applications. Recently, a four-port device made of anisotropic LHM for selecting frequency bands was proposed [33

33 . Z. M. Thomas , T. M. Grzegorczyk , B. Wu , X. Chen , and J. A. Kong , “ Design and measurement of a four-port device using metamaterials ,” Opt. Express 13 , 4737 – 4744 ( 2005 ). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

]. In the past, group velocity dispersion was used for femtosecond pulse compression [34

34 . E. B. Treacy , “ Optical pulse compression with diffraction gratings ,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 5 , 454 – 458 ( 1969 ). [CrossRef]

, 35

35 . Zs. Bor and B. Racz , “ Group velocity dispersion in prisms and its application to pulse compression and traveling-wave excitation ,” Opt. Commun. 54 , 165 – 169 ( 1985 ). [CrossRef]

]. Moreover, sideways motion of a group front of ultrashort light pulse with respect to the group velocity that is direction of energy flow was observed in interferometric measurement [36

36 . C. Radzewicz , M. J. La Grone , and J. S. Krasinski , “ Interferometric measurement of femtosecond pulse distortion by lenses ,” Opt. Commun. 126 , 185 – 190 ( 1996 ). [CrossRef]

].

2. Group front velocity, group velocity and energy velocity

Zhang and Park [20

20 . Z. M. Zhang and K. Park , “ On the group front and group velocity in a dispersive medium upon refraction from a nondispersive medium ,” J. Heat Transfer -Trans. ASME 126 , 244 – 249 ( 2004 ). [CrossRef]

] describe the group front velocity vgf as the smallest speed at which the group front propagates in the direction normal to the group front and define it as follows

vgf=δωδkδkδk.
(1)

According to Ziolkowski and Kipple [12

12 . R. W. Ziolkowski and A. D. Kipple , “ Causality and double-negative metamaterials ,” Phys. Rev. E 68 , 026615–1 – 9 ( 2003 ). [CrossRef]

] in low loss LHMs with normal dispersion the magnitude of group velocity vg reaches

vg(ω)ω2ω2+ωp2c
(2)

and is in principle different from the energy propagation velocity ve defined in LHM as [4

4 . R. Ruppin , “ Electromagnetic energy density in a dispersive and absorptive material ,” Phys. Lett. A 299 , 309 – 312 ( 2002 ). [CrossRef]

]

ve=S¯W¯=2cRe(ε(ω)/μ(ω))(ε′+2ωε/Γe)+(μ′+2ωμ/Γm)ε(ω)/μ(ω),
(3)

where minus means that in LHM energy velocity is antiparallel to the wave vector and S¯ is obtained from the complex Poynting vector by

S¯=12ReE×E*,
(4)

where brackets denote average over time. Ruppin [4

4 . R. Ruppin , “ Electromagnetic energy density in a dispersive and absorptive material ,” Phys. Lett. A 299 , 309 – 312 ( 2002 ). [CrossRef]

] gives expressions for time averaged electromagnetic energy density W¯ in a dispersive and absorptive LHM with complex permittivity ε and permeability μ

W¯=ε04(ε′+2ωε′′Γe)E2+μo4(μ′+2ωμ′′Γm)H2,
(5)

where superscripts denote real and imaginary parts of material parameters. In the case of vacuum the above formula reduces to

W¯=14(ε0E2+μ0H2).
(6)

Recently, Scalora et al. [29

29 . M. Scalora , G. D’Aguanno , N. Mattiucci , N. Akozbek , M. J. Bloemer , M. Centini , C. Sibilia , and M. Bertolotti , “ Pulse propagation, dispersion, and energy in magnetic materials ,” Phys. Rev. E 72 , 66601–1 – 8 ( 2005 ). [CrossRef]

] proved that in lossy media with normal dispersion the above equation is equivalent to the Landau expression [37

37 . L. D. Landau and E. M. Lifshitz , Electrodynamics of Continuous Media , ( Pergamon, New York , 1960 ), pp. 253 – 256 .

] for energy density even for short pulses

W¯=ε04Re(d[ωε(ω)])E2+μ04Re(d[ωμ(ω)])H2.
(7)

From eqs. (2) and (3), in our normal dispersion LHM with low loss described with Drude model vg = ve = 8.57 × 107 m/s ≈ 0.29c. Dissipation of energy is too small to differentiate values of those velocities, because electric and magnetic dumping frequencies Γe = Γm are 3 orders of magnitude smaller than corresponding plasma frequencies.

3. Normal incidence of CW Gaussian beam using FDTD method

So far observations of unusual behavior of CW Gaussian beams on a boundary between RHM and LHM addressed refraction and retardation effects and focusing with DNG slabs. We show that wave front of CW Gaussian beam that incidents normally on the interface undergoes local enhancement of the power flow and shape modification of envelope of amplitudes of a group of interfering waves with different frequencies.

In the FDTD simulation CW Gaussian beam of wavelength λ = 500 nm is generated in an empty 2D half-space and incidents at the interface between vacuum and a DNG material at 90° angle. The space of 10 × 20 μm is discretized in a square grid every 25 nm in x and z directions and simulations run for 5,000 time steps equal 5.89664e-17 s each. In vacuum CW Gaussian beam reaches a sinusoidal steady state after 6 wave periods, that is 120 time steps, thus it contains several wave components with different spatial and time frequencies. To control numerical stability of 2D simulation we accept the Courant number S = 1/√2 [25

25 . A. Taflove and S. C. Hagness , Computational Electrodynamics: The Finite-Difference Time-Domain Method , 2nd ed. ( Artech House, Norwood, MA 2000 ).

]. In the same way as in [12

12 . R. W. Ziolkowski and A. D. Kipple , “ Causality and double-negative metamaterials ,” Phys. Rev. E 68 , 026615–1 – 9 ( 2003 ). [CrossRef]

], the metamaterial electric permittivity ε(ω) and magnetic permeability μ(ω) are described by lossy Drude model

ε(ω)=1ωpe2[ω(ω+iΓe)]1andμ(ω)=1ωpm2[ω(ω+iΓm)]1,
(8)

with equal electric and magnetic plasma frequencies ωpe = ωpm = ωp = 2πf 0[1 -(-n)]1/2 = 5.96 × 1015 rad/s for f 0 = 600 THz and n = -1.5. Electric and magnetic dumping frequencies Γe = Γm are equal and set 3 orders of magnitude smaller than corresponding plasma frequencies in LHM.

Fig. 1. (6.30 MB) CW Gaussian beam incidents normally at the interface (z = 200) between vacuum and LHM with n = -1.5. Evolution of the absolute value of Poynting vector |E×H|, where H is parallel to the image plane, is shown in pseudocolors normalized to the maximum value in the incident beam.

Figure 1 shows propagation of CW Gaussian beam through an interface between vacuum with n = 1 and lossy n = -1.5 medium. Envelope of amplitudes of a group of interfering components with different frequencies reorganizes for about 8 wave periods at the interface. It is a simple reorganization of the wave vectors, which undergo a π phase shift as the nature of the medium changes. Then, after 50 periods, amplitude of the group front increases above that of incident wave and the enhanced group front propagates. There is no any time delay of light at the interface between two effective media with positive and negative n. Light is not trapped in the sense of being stopped, however, due to increase of |n| value it is slowed down. In principle, light may be temporarily trapped just behind the interface between RHM and a photonic crystal with negative refractive index due to scattering, as it was observed in Ref. [9

9 . S. Foteinopoulou , E. N. Economou , and C. M. Soukoulis , “ Refraction in media with a negative refractive index ,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 90 , 107402–1 – 4 ( 2003 ). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

]. Due to negative refraction the diverging Gaussian beam changes into the converging one. Group front modification is better visible in Fig. 2 where evolution of the profile of Poynting vector is shown for low loss n = -1.5 medium. Normal incidence does not permit to distinguish the group velocity from the group front velocity.

Fig. 2. (15.2 MB) Cross-section of the absolute value of Poynting vector for the propagation shown in Fig. 1. CW Gaussian beam incidents normally at the RHM-LHM interface indicated with the green line.

From the above simulation we find that the envelope of a transient sinusoidal Gaussian beam with steady state angular frequency ω = 2πf 0 = 3.77 × 1015 rad/s propagates in the LHM with the group velocity vg = ∂ω/∂k approximately equal to (0.22±0.02)c. We observe that velocity of local enhancement of the power flow is different than the group velocity and equals (0.18±0.02)c. In case of normal incidence it is difficult to distinguish between the velocity of local enhancement of the power flow and the group front velocity also called the velocity of interference front and the energy velocity.

4. Oblique incidence of CW Gaussian beam using FDTD method

Figure 3 shows CW Gaussian beam of wavelength λ = 500 nm that incidents at the interface at 45° angle. The space of 10 × 15 μm is discretized in a square grid every 25 nm in x and z directions and simulations run for 2,500 time steps equal 5.89664e-17 s each.

In the case of oblique incidence of CW Gaussian beam at RHM-LHM interface we observe the following three effects illustrated in Fig. 3. Firstly, the negative refraction into DNG medium with n = -1.5 reported before in several papers [1–24

1 . D. R. Smith and N. Kroll , “ Negative refractive index in left-handed materials ,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 85 , 4184 – 4187 ( 2000 ). [CrossRef]

]. Antiparallel group and phase velocities shown with red and blue vectors, respectively, are perpendicular to phase fronts denser than in vacuum. The direction of energy transport is parallel to the group velocity and normal to phase fronts. Secondly, modulation interference fronts that is group fronts move sideways with respect to the propagation direction of phase fronts as it was first observed by Smith et al. [6

6 . D. R. Smith , D. Schurig , and J. B. Pendry , “ Negative refraction of modulated electromagnetic waves ,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 81 , 2713 – 2715 ( 2002 ). [CrossRef]

]. Clearly visible group fronts propagate in the positively refracted direction shown with violet vector. We first show the third effect of transient amplitude enhancement of the envelope of positively refracted group fronts of CW Gaussian beam. This purely dispersion effect results from different angles of refraction and diversified phase speeds of individual Fourier components of the Gaussian beam in LHM with n = -1.5. The group front build-up develops during about 50 wave periods behind the interface and propagates along several wavelengths.

Fig. 3. (4.80 MB) CW Gaussian beam incidents at 45° at the interface (z = 200) between vacuum and DNG medium with n = -1.5. Pseudocolored evolution of the absolute value of Poynting vector |E×H|, where H lays in the figure plane, is normalized to maximum value in the incident beam. In incident and refracted beams red, violet and blue vectors indicate group, group front, and phase velocities, respectively.

From the above simulation we find that the envelope of a transient sinusoidal Gaussian beam with steady state angular frequency ω = 2πf 0 = 3.77 × 1015 rad/s propagates in the LHM with the group velocity vg = (0.19±0.02)c that is close to that assessed in the normal incidence case. We observe that velocity of local enhancement of the power flow is parallel to the group front velocity and equals about (0.18±0.02)c. Oblique incidence results in clear separation of group and group front velocities.

Figure 4 shows CW Gaussian beam of wavelength λ = 500 nm that incidents at LHM slab at 45° angle. The space of 12.5 × 25 μm is discretized in a square grid every 25 nm in x and z directions and simulations run for 3,500 time steps equal 5.89664e-17 s each. We observe different temporal evolutions of the envelope of group fronts when the beam enters into LHM and RHM. In vacuum behind the slab enhancement of group front is preserved but decreases when the beam propagates on.

For LHM with effective n = -1.5 values of both ε′ and μ′ are negative and ε′′ and μ′′ are small and positive. As it was discussed by many authors density of electromagnetic energy in LHM with |n| = 1.5 is higher than in any other medium with |n| < 1.5.[4,29–32] Thus, average electromagnetic energy in the area limited in space and time in the group front build-up exceeds an average calculated in any other neighbor point within the beam. This results from high-pass filtering properties of the RHM-LHM interface which slows down certain frequencies.

Fig. 4. (5.71 MB) CW Gaussian beam incidents at 45° from vacuum onto a plane-parallel plate made of DNG material with n = -1.5 and located between z = 300 and z = 600. Pseudocolored evolution of Poynting vector|E×H|, where H lays in the figure plane, is normalized to maximum value in the incident beam.

5. Conclusion

Amplitude enhancement of the envelope of group fronts of CW Gaussian beam crossing the RHM-LHM interface is observed in FDTD simulations. For normal and oblique incidence the group front build-up develops during a few tens of wave periods behind the interface and propagates on in the direction of group velocity equal approx. 0.19÷0.22c. In the case of oblique incidence the values and directions of group front velocity vgf = 0.18c and group velocity vg = 0.19c are different. Positively refracted group front moves sideways with respect to negatively refracted phase fronts.

Acknowledgments

We gratefully acknowledge inspiring discussions with Piotr Wasylczyk and Rafal Kotynski.

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OCIS Codes
(120.5710) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Refraction
(160.4760) Materials : Optical properties
(260.0260) Physical optics : Physical optics
(260.2030) Physical optics : Dispersion
(260.2110) Physical optics : Electromagnetic optics
(350.5500) Other areas of optics : Propagation

ToC Category:
Metamaterials

History
Original Manuscript: June 12, 2006
Revised Manuscript: July 25, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: July 26, 2006
Published: September 1, 2006

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Jacek Pniewski and Tomasz Szoplik, "Group front evolution of Gaussian beam refracted from a right- to left-handed medium," Opt. Express 14, 8232-8239 (2006)
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