Surface Waves|1 Article(s)
An optical-sensing modality that exploits Dyakonov–Tamm waves
Farhat Abbas, Akhlesh Lakhtakia, Qaisar A. Naqvi, and and Muhammad Faryad
Surface-wave-based optical sensing of an analyte in a fluid relies on the sensitivity of the surface wave to the electromagnetic properties of the analyte-containing fluid in the vicinity of the guiding interface. Surfaceplasmon-polariton (SPP) waves are most commonly used for optical sensing because of the ease of the excitation of an SPP wave when the fluid is partnered with a metal. If the fluid is replaced by a porous, anisotropic, and periodically nonhomogeneous solid filled with the fluid, while the metal is replaced by an isotropic homogeneous dielectric material, the surface wave is called a Dyakonov–Tamm (DT) wave. We have theoretically determined that the incorporation of the DT-waveguiding interface in a prism-coupled configuration provides an alternative to the analogous SPP wave-based sensor, with comparable dynamic sensitivity.
Photonics Research
  • Publication Date: Jan. 15, 2015
  • Vol. 3, Issue 1, 01000005 (2015)