Grating-coupled excitation of multiple surface plasmon-polariton waves

Muhammad Faryad, Akhlesh Lakhtakia

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The excitation of multiple surface plasmon-polariton (SPP) waves of different linear polarization states and phase speeds by a surface-relief grating formed by a metal and a rugate filter, both of finite thickness, was studied theoretically, using rigorous coupled-wave analysis. The incident plane wave can be either p or s polarized. The excitation of SPP waves is indicated by the presence of those peaks in the plots of absorptance vs the incidence angle that are independent of the thickness of the rugate filter. The absorptance peaks representing the excitation of s-polarized SPP waves are narrower than those representing p-polarized SPP waves. Two incident plane waves propagating in different directions may excite the same SPP wave. A line source could excite several SPP waves simultaneously.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number033852
JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 28 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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