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Title: Surface plasmons at the Brillouin zone boundary of an oblique lattice

In periodic systems of low-symmetry, the Bragg condition for the complete interference of waves along the contour of the Brillouin zone (BZ) boundary is not generally satisfied. As a result, band-gaps do not necessarily occur at this boundary. This letter demonstrates this experimentally by recording the iso-frequency contours for surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs) supported on a diffraction grating with an underlying 2D oblique Bravias lattice. It is shown that these contours do not intersect the BZ boundary perpendicularly, as the symmetry operations of the lattice place no conditions on the surface wave interference at this boundary.
Authors:
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  1. Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Exeter, Stocker Road, Exeter, Devon EX4 4QL (United Kingdom)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22412741
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Applied Physics Letters; Journal Volume: 106; Journal Issue: 9; Other Information: (c) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
75 CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS, SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND SUPERFLUIDITY; BRAGG REFLECTION; BRILLOUIN ZONES; CRYSTAL LATTICES; DIFFRACTION GRATINGS; ENERGY GAP; INTERFERENCE; PLASMONS; POLARONS; SURFACES; SYMMETRY; WAVE PROPAGATION