Retrieval of Effective Parameters of Subwavelength Periodic Photonic Structures

Alexey A. Orlov, Elizaveta A. Yankovskaya, Sergei Zhukovsky, Viktoriia Babicheva, Ivan V. Iorsh, Pavel A. Belov

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We revisit the standard Nicolson Ross Weir method of effective permittivity and permeability restoration of photonic structures for the case of subwavelength metal-dielectric multilayers. We show that the direct application of the standard method yields a false zero-epsilon point and an associated spurious permeability resonance. We show how this artifact can be worked around by the use of the cycle shift operator to the periodic multilayer in question.
Original languageEnglish
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)417-426
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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  • multilayers
  • metamaterials
  • effective parameters
  • epsilon-near-zero
  • periodic structures
  • ellipsometry
  • optical magnetism

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