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Theory of Microscopic Meta-surface Waves Based on Catenary Optical Fields and Dispersion

Author(s): Pu, MB (Pu, Mingbo); Ma, XL (Ma, Xiaoliang); Guo, YH (Guo, Yinghui); Li, X (Li, Xiong); Luo, XG (Luo, Xiangang)  

Source: OPTICS EXPRESS  Volume: 26  Issue: 15  Pages: 19555-19562  DOI: 10.1364/OE.26.019555  Published: JUL 23 2018    

Abstract: Surface waves bounded by subwavelength-structured surfaces have many exotic electromagnetic properties different from those supported by smooth surfaces. However, there is a long-standing misconception, claiming that these waves must propagate along the macroscopic interface. In this paper, we describe in detail the microscopic meta-surface wave (M-wave) in artificial subwavelength structures. It is shown that the waves penetrating macroscopic surfaces share the essence of most surface waves (i.e., they spread along the microscopic interfaces, formed by adjacent constitutive materials). Equivalent circuit theory and transfer matrix method have been adopted to quantitatively describe these M-waves with high accuracy in the form of catenary optical fields and dispersion. Based on these analyses, novel omnidirectional band-stop filters and wide-angle beam deflectors are designed with operational angles up to 88 degrees. We believe these results may provide many new perspectives for both the understanding and design of functional subwavelength structures. (C) 2018 Optical Society of America under the terms oldie OSA Open Access Publishing Agreement  

ISSN: 1094-4087 

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