Electromagnetic Field Distributions in Complex Dielectric Structures

P.M. Bell, L. Martín Moreno, F.J. García-Vidal and J.B. Pendry


Recently there has been renewed interest in the electromagnetic (EM) properties of complex dielectric materials. One outcome of this interest has been the application of novel methods in solving Maxwell's equations. One of these methods, the transfer matrix technique, is particularly suitable for the study of the propagation of EM waves. In this work we show how it is possible to apply it to the study of several properties, such as energy loss of charged particles passing close to corrugated surfaces, absorption of light in metallic systems and enhanced Raman scattering in rough surfaces. As an example we study these properties in an array of metallic cylinders and explore how they vary as a function of the cylinders packing fraction.

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