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Leaky surface electromagnetic waves on a high-index dielectric grating.

  • Author(s): Maradudin, AA;
  • Simonsen, I;
  • Zierau, W
  • et al.

We show theoretically that the periodically corrugated surface of a high-index dielectric medium can support a leaky surface electromagnetic wave. This wave is bound to the surface in the vacuum, but radiates into the dielectric. Despite this radiative damping, the surface wave can have a long lifetime.

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