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Chin. Phys. B, 2015, Vol. 24(5): 057301    DOI: 10.1088/1674-1056/24/5/057301

Modified method of surface plasmons in metal superlattices

Zhang Yu-Lianga, Wang Xuan-Zhangb
a Department of Physics, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001, China;
b Key Laboratory for Photonic and Electronic Bandgap Materials, the State Ministry of Education, and School of Physics and Electronic Engineering, Harbin Normal University, Harbin 150025, China
Abstract  We present a modified method to solve the surface plasmons (SPs) of semi-infinite metal/dielectric superlattices and predicted new SP modes in physics. We find that four dispersion-equation sets and all possible SP modes are determined by them. Our analysis and numerical calculations indicate that besides the SP mode obtained in the original theory, the other two SP modes are predicted, which have either a positive group velocity or a negative group velocity. We also point out the possible defect in the previous theoretical method in accordance to the linear algebra principle.
Keywords:  surface plasmon      dispersion equations      metal-layer arrays      metal/dielectric superlattices  
Received:  28 August 2014      Revised:  24 December 2014      Accepted manuscript online: 
PACS:  73.20.Mf (Collective excitations (including excitons, polarons, plasmons and other charge-density excitations))  
  73.21.Cd (Superlattices)  
  78.67.Pt (Multilayers; superlattices; photonic structures; metamaterials)  
  42.70.Qs (Photonic bandgap materials)  
Fund: Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 11074061).
Corresponding Authors:  Wang Xuan-Zhang     E-mail:
About author:  73.20.Mf; 73.21.Cd; 78.67.Pt; 42.70.Qs

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Zhang Yu-Liang, Wang Xuan-Zhang Modified method of surface plasmons in metal superlattices 2015 Chin. Phys. B 24 057301

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