Directed diffraction without negative refraction

Hung Ta Chien, Hui Ting Tang, Chao Hsien Kuo, Chii Chang Chen, Zhen Ye

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Using the FDTD method, we investigate the electromagnetic propagation in two-dimensional photonic crystals, formed by parallel air cylinders in a dielectric medium. The corresponding frequency band structure is computed using the standard plane-wave expansion method. It is shown that within partial band gaps, waves tend to bend away from the forbidden directions. This phenomenon perhaps need not be explained in terms of negative refraction or "superlensing" behavior, contrast to what has been conjectured. Rather it is related to the collimation property of photonic crystals.

Original languageEnglish
Article number113101
Pages (from-to)113101-1-113101-4
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number11
StatePublished - Sep 2004


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