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Correction published on 23 November 2020, see Photonics 2020, 7(4), 115.
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Photonic Transmittance in Metallic and Left Handed Superlattices

Departmento de Ciencias Básicas, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, 02120 Ciudad de México, Mexico
Photonics 2020, 7(2), 29; https://doi.org/10.3390/photonics7020029
Received: 1 February 2020 / Revised: 3 April 2020 / Accepted: 9 April 2020 / Published: 18 April 2020
We study the transmission of electromagnetic waves through layered structures of metallic and left-handed media. Resonant band structures of transmission coefficients are obtained as functions of the incidence angle, the geometric parameters, and the number of unit cells of the superlattices. The theory of finite periodic systems that we use is free of assumptions, the finiteness of the periodic system being an essential condition. We rederive the correct recurrence relation of the Chebyshev polynomials that carry the physical information of the coherent coupling of plasmon modes and interface plasmons and surface plasmons, responsible for the photonic bands and the resonant structure of the surface plasmon polaritons. Unlike the dispersion relations of infinite periodic systems, which at best predict the bandwidths, we show that the dispersion relation of this theory predicts not only the bands, but also the resonant plasmons’ frequencies, above and below the plasma frequency. We show that, besides the strong influence of the incidence angle and the characteristic low transmission of a single conductor slab for frequencies ω below the plasma frequency ω p , the coherent coupling of the bulk plasmon modes and the interface surface plasmon polaritons lead to oscillating transmission coefficients and, depending on the parity of the number of unit cells n of the superlattice, the transmission coefficient vanishes or amplifies as the conductor width increases. Similarly, the well-established transmission coefficient of a single left-handed slab, which exhibits optical antimatter effects, becomes highly resonant with superluminal effects in superlattices. We determine the space-time evolution of a wave packet through the λ / 4 photonic superlattice whose bandwidth becomes negligible, and the transmission coefficient becomes a sequence of isolated and equidistant peaks with negative phase times. We show that the space-time evolution of a Gaussian wave packet, with the centroid at any of these peaks, agrees with the theoretical predictions, and no violation of the causality principle occurs. View Full-Text
Keywords: photonics; planar metallic superlattices; plasmonic frequencies; resonant dispersion relations; parity effects in metallic superlattices; left-handed superlattices; negative tunneling times photonics; planar metallic superlattices; plasmonic frequencies; resonant dispersion relations; parity effects in metallic superlattices; left-handed superlattices; negative tunneling times
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Pereyra, P. Photonic Transmittance in Metallic and Left Handed Superlattices. Photonics 2020, 7, 29. https://doi.org/10.3390/photonics7020029

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Pereyra P. Photonic Transmittance in Metallic and Left Handed Superlattices. Photonics. 2020; 7(2):29. https://doi.org/10.3390/photonics7020029

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Pereyra, Pedro. 2020. "Photonic Transmittance in Metallic and Left Handed Superlattices" Photonics 7, no. 2: 29. https://doi.org/10.3390/photonics7020029

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