Model System for a One-Dimensional Magnetic Photonic Crystal

Institute of Applied Physics, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Carlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Physical Review Letters (Impact Factor: 7.51). 09/2006; 97(8):083902. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.97.083902
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We fabricate and characterize one-dimensional magnetic (rather than dielectric) photonic crystals for the first time. Our model system is a one-dimensional periodic lattice of gold-wire pairs. Each pair can be viewed as a magnetic coil with two slits and represents a "magnetic atom." Strong coupling between the resulting magnetic-dipole resonance and the Bragg resonance is accomplished by an adjacent dielectric slab waveguide, giving rise to an avoided crossing at near-infrared wavelengths. Our experimental findings are in excellent agreement with theory.

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