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Nonlocality in metallo-dielectric multilayers: numerical tools and physical analysis

By Jessica Benedicto, Rémi Polles, Cristian Ciraci, Emmanuel Centeno, David R. Smith and Antoine Moreau


We provide theoretical and numerical tools to quantitatively study the impact of nonlocality arising from free electrons in metals on the optical properties of metallo-dielectric multilayers. Though effects due to nonlocality are in general quite small, they nevertheless can be important for very thin (typically below 10 nm) metallic layers - as are used in structures characterized by relatively flat dispersion curves. Such structures include those with negative refractive index; hyperbolic meta-materials; and materials with index near zero. We find in all cases that the inclusion of nonlocal effects through application of the hydrodynamic model to the electron response leads to a higher transmission through the considered medium. Finally, we examine the excitation of gap-plasmon resonances, where nonlocality plays a much greater role, and suggest possible routes for experimental investigation

Topics: gap-plasmons, multilayers, nonlocality, Spatial dispersion, [PHYS.PHYS.PHYS-OPTICS]Physics [physics]/Physics [physics]/Optics [physics.optics]
Publisher: HAL CCSD
Year: 2014
OAI identifier: oai:HAL:hal-01075612v1

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