The Study of the Surface Plasmon Polaritons at the Interface Separating Nanocomposite and Hypercrystal

Thanos Ioannidis, Tatjana Gric*, Edik Rafailov

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Surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs) propagating at the interfaces of composite media possess a number of fascinating properties not emerging in case of conventional SPPs, i.e., at metal-dielectric boundaries. We propose here a helpful algorithm giving rise for investigation of basic features of complex conductivity dependent SPPs at the interface separating nanocomposite and hypercrystal. The main goal of the work is to investigate dispersion of the SPPs propagating at the boundary separating two different media. Aiming to achieve the aforementioned goal that the effective Maxwell Garnett model is used. It is demonstrated that the SPPs dispersive properties are dramatically affected by the material conductivity. Correspondingly, the filling ratio of the nanoparticles in the composite and their dielectric properties also allow one to engineer characteristics of the SPPs. Having a deep insight into the conductivity dependent functions, we concluded, on their behavior for the case of hyperbolic regime and Dyakonov surface waves case. Our model gives rise for studying features of surface waves in the complex conductivity plane and provides more options to tune the fundamental features of SPPs at the boundaries correlated with composite media.
Original languageEnglish
Article number5255
JournalApplied Sciences
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jun 2021

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Funding: This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under the Marie Sklodowska Curie grant agreement No 713694 and from Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) (Grant No. EP/R024898/1). The work of E.U. Rafailov was partially funded by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian
Federation as part of World-class Research Center program: Advanced Digital Technologies (contract No. 075-15-2020-934 dated 17.11.2020).


  • conductivity
  • surface plasmon polaritons
  • metamaterial
  • Surface plasmon polaritons
  • Conductivity
  • Metamaterial


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