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Electromagnetic Surface Waves by Akhlesh Lakhtakia, Tom Mackay, John Polo

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Chapter 4

Dyakonov Waves

4.1 Introduction

Whereas Chapter 2 is devoted to surface-wave propagation guided by the interface of an isotropic homogeneous dielectric material and an isotropic homogeneous metal, in this chapter both partnering materials are homogeneous dielectric with at least one being anisotropic. Although either or both partnering materials can even be homogeneous bianisotropic materials [37,38] and the problem of surface-wave propagation can be theoretically treated using the general methods presented in Chapter 3, a restriction to anisotropic dielectric materials in this chapter is appropriate in light of the current state of practical materials science.

The transition from isotropic dielectric materials to anisotropic dielectric ...

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