Nontrivial grating that possesses only specular characteristics: Normal incidence

Akhlesh Lakhtakia, Vasundara V. Varadan, Vijay K. Varadan

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It is well known that gratings with horizontally pronounced periodicities produce nonspecular reflection (and transmission) modes depending on the frequency and the periodicity. Do gratings with vertically pronounced periodicities always do similarly well? This question is resolved by considering a grating made of an infinitely long slab of constant width in which perfectly conducting gratings are periodically inserted. Only normal incidence is considered, and an elementary modal theory has been used in which diffraction from knife edges has been neglected. From the computed results it is shown that such a grating always reflects and transmits specularly perfectly over wide frequency ranges irrespective of the periodicity of the grating, the dielectric constant of the slab (real), the width of the slab, or the polarization of the incident electromagnetic plane wave.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1788-1793
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the Optical Society of America A: Optics and Image Science, and Vision
Issue number11
StatePublished - Jan 1 1986

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition


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