Grating-coupled excitation of Tamm waves

Drew Patrick Pulsifer, Muhammad Faryad, Akhlesh Lakhtakia

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We formulated a boundary-value problem for the excitation of Tamm waves guided by the periodically corrugated interface of a homogeneous material and a rugate filter. Both partnering materials are isotropic and dielectric. After solving the problem using the rigorous coupled-wave approach, the total transmittance, total reflectance, and absorptance were calculated as functions of the angle of incidence of a plane wave that could be either p or s polarized. The excitation of a Tamm wave was inferred for every absorptance peak that is independent of the thicknesses of both partnering materials. Therefore, multiple Tamm waves can be simultaneously excited using a converging or diverging incident beam instead of an incident plane wave. Even though the absorptance peaks are very low when a Tamm wave is excited, the corresponding spikes in the total-reflectance curves are much larger and guarantee experimental detection, as well as application to optical sensing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2260-2269
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of the Optical Society of America B: Optical Physics
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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