The solution of a dispersion equation indicates the theoretical existence of multiple modes of surface plasmon polariton wave propagation at the planar interface of a metal and a chiral sculptured thin film (STF). One mode appears to occur over a wide range of the structural period of the chiral STF, while all other modes exist only above some minimum value of the structural period, the minimum value being different for each mode. In order to excite the different modes, the interface can be incorporated in the commonplace Kretschmann configuration, for which our calculations show that the efficient excitation of different modes would require different numbers of structural periods of the chiral STF.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||21|
|Journal||Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences|
|State||Published - Jan 8 2009|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physics and Astronomy(all)