Ordinarily, a trimaterial structure comprising a sufficiently thin metal film interposed between two homogeneous dielectric materials guides compound plasmon-polariton (CPP) waves, for which the fields on both sides of the metal film decay exponentially with distance from the nearest metal/dielectric interface. However, if one of the dielectric materials is anisotropic, then the trimaterial structure can guide an exceptional CPP wave for a particular propagation direction. On the side of the metal film occupied by the anisotropic dielectric material, the fields of the exceptional CPP wave decay as the product of a linear function and an exponential function of the distance from the nearest metal/dielectric interface. The canonical boundary-value problem for CPP-wave propagation has been analyzed and solved numerically; thereby, the spatial field profiles for exceptional CPP waves for a uniaxial-dielectric/metal/isotropic-dielectric structure have been established.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering