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Multi-layered photonic crystals de novo: new formalism, results, insights, and analytic possibilities
Author(s): Frank Szmulowicz
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Paper Abstract

A new formalism for calculating the photonic band structure of multi-layer photonic band gap (PBG) materials is presented. The formalism expresses all boundary conditions in terms of tangents rather than exponential functions. The formalism is compact, algorithmically simple, and physically appealing, and provides a new conceptual framework for describing the photonic band structure of layered materials. Its simplicity makes it possible to represent eigenfrequency conditions using geometric constructs, find a factored form of the secular equation, and derive analytic eigenfrequency conditions and analytic wave functions for multi-layer structures. Computationally, the new formalism makes it possible to find explicitly the complete band structure of multi-layer PBG materials with integer ratios of optical path lengths (i.e., any combination of quarter-wave, half-wave, etc., stacks) through a single diagonalization of a low order secular equation, the alternative being an implicit root search via the transfer matrix formalism. The formalism is demonstrated on multi-layered structures arranged in the Fibonacci sequence and a half-wave-quarterwave- eighth-wave PBG.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 February 2007
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6480, Photonic Crystal Materials and Devices VI, 64801E (6 February 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.697199
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Frank Szmulowicz, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6480:
Photonic Crystal Materials and Devices VI
Ali Adibi; Shawn-Yu Lin; Axel Scherer, Editor(s)

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