On percolation and circular Bragg phenomenon in metallic, helicoidally periodic, sculptured thin films

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Abstract

The concept of local homogenization is invoked in the visible and subvisible frequency regimes to estimate the permittivity dyadics of thin-film helicoidal bianisotropic media (TFHBM) - a canonical class of sculptured thin films with a helicoidally periodic microstructure - made of a metal. Examination of the components of the permittivity dyadics, as well as of the co- and cross-polarized reflectances of axially excited, metallic TFHBM half spaces, reveals that three different absorbing-dielectric-to-metal transitions will occur as the metallic volumetric fraction is increased, but only two will be optically sensed using normally incident plane waves. The first transition is shown to virtually eliminate the circular Bragg phenomenon characteristically displayed by axially excited, dielectric TFHBM.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)239-244
Number of pages6
JournalMicrowave and Optical Technology Letters
Volume24
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 20 2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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