The excitation of surface-plasmon-polariton (SPP) waves guided by a columnar thin film (CTF) deposited on a one-dimensional metallic surface-relief grating was studied employing the rigorous coupled-wave approach, when the grating plane, the plane of incidence, and the morphologically significant plane of the CTF are all different. The incident plane wave in this grating-coupled configuration could be either p-or s-polarized. The absorptance was plotted against the polar angle of incidence at a fixed value of the free-space wavelength, and absorptance peaks were correlated with the solution of the dispersion equation of the underlying canonical boundary-value problem for SPP waves. Both p-polarized and s-polarized plane waves can excite SPP waves, provided that either the plane of incidence and/or the morphologically significant plane of the CTF do not coincide with the grating plane. None, one, or multiple SPP-wave excitations are possible, depending on the orientations of the grating plane and the morphologically significant plane with respect to the plane of incidence. The direction of propagation of an SPP wave thus excited may not wholly lie in the plane of incidence.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics