We investigate theoretically the optical response of bulk samples and thin films of the MAX phase materials, accounting for their large electrical anisotropy. We reveal the unusual behavior of the reflection and transmission spectra as a function of the incidence angle and predict the effect of the inverse total internal reflection. We also investigate the behavior of the surface plasmon modes in bulk samples and thin films and analyze the difference between MAX materials and conventional metals.
© 2011 Optical Society of America
Optics at Surfaces
Original Manuscript: July 22, 2011
Revised Manuscript: September 5, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: September 5, 2011
Published: October 5, 2011
Oleksandr Kyriienko and Ivan A. Shelykh, "Angle-resolved reflectance and surface plasmonics of the MAX phases," Opt. Lett. 36, 3966-3968 (2011)