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

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Chapter 6

Surface-Plasmon-Polariton Waves II

6.1 Introduction

The practical application of simple SPP waves guided by the interface of a metal and a homogeneous isotropic dielectric material in chemical sensors has flourished during the past two decades [3,4]. To a lesser extent, simple SPP waves have been pursued for microscopy. Recently, the excitation of SPP waves, guided by an interface of a metallic surface-relief grating and a periodically nonhomogeneous semiconductor, has been examined to enhance the absorption of light by thin-film solar cells [84]. As other unidirectionally nonhomogeneous dielectric materials are investigated for deployment as a partnering material for a suitable metal for the propagation of SPP waves, other applications ...

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