Transition from Dyakonov and Dyakonov-Tamm surface waves to surface-plasmon-polariton waves induced by temperature

Tom G. Mackay, Francesco Chiadini, Vincenzo Fiumara, Antonio Scaglione, Akhlesh Lakhtakia

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Temperature-induced changes in the propagation of electromagnetic surface waves guided by the planar interface of a temperature-sensitive isotropic material (namely, InSb) and a temperature-insensitive anisotropic material were investigated theoretically in the terahertz frequency regime. Two types of anisotropic partnering material were considered: (i) a homogeneous material and (ii) a periodically nonhomogeneous material. As the temperature increases, the isotropic partnering material is transformed from a weakly dissipative dielectric material to a plasmonic material. As a consequence, the surface waves change from Dyakonov surface waves to surface-plasmon-polariton waves for case (i), and change from Dyakonov-Tamm surface waves to surfaceplasmon-polariton waves for case (ii). Numerical investigations demonstrated that dramatic changes in the numbers of propagating Dyakonov or Dyakonov-Tamm surface waves, their angular existence domains, their propagation constants, and their decay constants, could arise from modest changes in temperature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNanostructured Thin Films X
EditorsTom G. Mackay, Yi-Jun Jen, Akhlesh Lakhtakia
ISBN (Electronic)9781510611696
StatePublished - 2017
EventNanostructured Thin Films X 2017 - San Diego, United States
Duration: Aug 9 2017Aug 10 2017

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


OtherNanostructured Thin Films X 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego

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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