Department of Physics and Astronomy

University of Mississippi


Event Information:

  • Tue


    4:00 pmLewis Hall 101

    Alexander B. Yakovlev
    Department of Electrical Engineering
    University of Mississippi

    Non-local Susceptibility of the Wire Medium in the Spatial Domain Considering Material Boundaries

    The interaction of electromagnetic waves and wire media has been of interest for many years, driven by applications utilizing artificial plasma, epsilon-near-zero materials, negative refraction, wave canalization and other uses. When the period of the wires is small compared to wavelength, the structure can be considered as a homogeneous (homogenized) medium. Early models of wire media neglected spatial dispersion of the homogenized material, but it has more recently been shown that non-local effects are verystrong for wire media and often cannot be ignored.

    In this work, we show that the non-local susceptibility for a nontranslationally invariant homogenized wire medium is, modulo a constant, given by a simple Green's function related to the material geometry. We also show that two previous methods for solving wave interaction problems for bounded wire media (wave expansion method and transport equation) are equivalent to each other, and to a third method involving particle reflection at the boundary. We discuss the importance of the dead layer or virtual interface, and find it to be analogous to the excitonic semiconductor case. Several examples are provided to clarify the material.