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Electrodynamics of layered structures with a rapidly created plasma
Author(s): Michael I. Bakunov; Alexey V. Maslov; Sergey N. Zhukov
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Paper Abstract

The dynamics of electromagnetic fields in open waveguiding structures whose dielectric properties are changed in time due to rapid plasma creation is considered. The phenomenon of transient coupling between bulk and surface waves is found. The applicability of this phenomenon for input/output of electromagnetic energy is discussed for simple waveguiding structures with both semiconductor and gaseous plasmas. In particular, a component for transient input of an electromagnetic wave into a planar dielectric waveguide covered with a nonstationary semiconductor film is proposed. Using the example of standing waves we show that the transient dynamics is sensitive to the values of the electromagnetic fields at the moment of the plasma density growth. The knowledge of the transient dynamics in rapidly ionized material can be applied for the control of guided modes in open waveguiding structures of integrated optics and (sub)millimeter wave electronics, rapid manipulation by coupling between electromagnetic radiation and guided modes, and ultrafast transient spectroscopy of an electron-hole plasma in semiconductors.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 July 2003
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5218, Complex Mediums IV: Beyond Linear Isotropic Dielectrics, (9 July 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.505500
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Michael I. Bakunov, Nizhni Novgorod State Univ. (Russia)
Alexey V. Maslov, Eloret Corp. (United States)
Sergey N. Zhukov, Nizhni Novgorod State Univ. (Russia)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5218:
Complex Mediums IV: Beyond Linear Isotropic Dielectrics
Martin W. McCall; Graeme Dewar, Editor(s)

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