Volume 88, Number 2, October 2009
Article Number 24002
Number of page(s) 6
Section Electromagnetism, Optics, Acoustics, Heat Transfer, Classical Mechanics, and Fluid Dynamics
Published online 09 November 2009
EPL, 88 (2009) 24002
DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/88/24002

Plasmon polaritons in photonic superlattices containing a left-handed material

E. Reyes-Gómez1, D. Mogilevtsev2, 3, S. B. Cavalcanti4, C. A. A. de Carvalho5, 6 and L. E. Oliveira2, 6

1   Instituto de Física, Universidad de Antioquia - AA 1226, Medellín, Colombia
2   Instituto de Física, UNICAMP - CP 6165, Campinas-SP, 13083-970, Brazil
3   Institute of Physics, NASB - F. Skarina Ave. 68, Minsk, 220072, Belarus
4   Instituto de Física, UFAL, Cidade Universitária - 57072-970, Maceió-AL, Brazil
5   Instituto de Física, UFRJ, Rio de Janeiro-RJ - 21945-972, Brazil
6   Inmetro, Campus de Xerém, Duque de Caxias-RJ - 25250-020, Brazil

received 20 July 2009; accepted in final form 7 October 2009; published October 2009
published online 9 November 2009

We analyze one-dimensional photonic superlattices which alternate layers of air and a left-handed material. We assume Drude-type dispersive responses for the dielectric permittivity and magnetic permeability of the left-handed material. Maxwell's equations and the transfer-matrix technique are used to derive the dispersion relation and transmission spectra for the propagation of obliquely incident optical fields. The photonic dispersion indicates that the growth direction component of the electric (or magnetic) field leads to the propagation of electric (or magnetic) plasmon polaritons, for either TE or TM configurations. Furthermore, we show that if the plasma frequency is chosen within the photonic $\langle n(\omega )\rangle$ = 0 zeroth-order bandgap, the coupling of light with plasmons weakens considerably. As light propagation is forbidden in that particular frequency region, the plasmon-polariton mode reduces to a pure plasmon mode.

41.20.Jb - Electromagnetic wave propagation; radiowave propagation.
42.70.Gi - Light-sensitive materials.
42.70.Qs - Photonic bandgap materials.

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