Optical surface waves in periodic layered media

  • Yeh P
  • Yariv A
  • Cho A
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A generalized analysis of wave propagation in periodic layered media is applied to the special case of optical surface waves. These waves, confined to the interface between a periodic layered medium and a homogeneous medium, are formally analogous to electronic surface states in crystals. Single-mode surface-wave propagation along the surface of a GaAs-AlGaAs multilayer stack (grown by molecular-beam epitaxy) has been observed experimentally.

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  • Pochi Yeh

  • Amnon Yariv

  • A. Y. Cho

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