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Fundamental Properties of the Field at the Interface Between Air and a Periodic Artificial Material Excited by a Line Source


An efficient algorithm based on a moment-method formulation is presented for the evaluation of the field produced by a line source at the interface between an air superstrate and a one-dimensional-periodic artificial-material slab. The formulation provides physical insight into the nature of the fields via path deformation in the complex wavenumber plane. From an asymptotic analysis in the complex wavenumber plane it is found that the space wave produced by a line source consists of an infinite number of space harmonics that decay algebraically as x-3/2. Guided modes may also exist and be excited, including leaky modes. © 2005 IEEE.

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