Analysis of waveguides with periodic layered mediums as electromagnetic band-gap structures

Álvaro Gómez, Miguel A. Solano, Akhlesh Lakhtakia, Angel Vegas

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Electromagnetic band-gap structures (EBG) have received considerable attention in the microwave regime, due to their tremendous potential for different applications. In this communication, guided wave propagation in parallel-plate, rectangular and circular waveguides with Kronig-Penney morphology is considered. Propagation modes in these waveguides are classified as either transverse electric (TE) or transverse magnetic (TM) with respect to the propagation direction. At frequencies above the modal cut-off frequencies in the considered waveguides, band gaps exists wherein propagation is forbidden. The allowed and forbidden bands are obtained for the TE and TM propagation modes, after invoking the Bloch theorem. From the study of the ideal EBG structures, the dependencies of the locations and the widths of the band gaps - on the modal order, the waveguide geometry and dimensions, the permittivity contrast and the relative volumetric proportion of the two materials constituting the unit cell of the EBG structure - are deduced. Also, propagation in the corresponding real EBG structures, with finite numbers of unit cells, is studied using the scattering matrix technique. As the number of unit cells in a real structure increases, its transmission characteristics converge to those of its ideal EBG analog in the band gaps.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)191-200
Number of pages10
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 2003
EventPROCEEDINGS OF SPIE SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering: Complex Mediums IV: Beyond Linear Isotropic Dielectrics - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Aug 4 2003Aug 5 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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