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as left-handed materials support electromagnetic waves with a very counter-
intuitive behavior: their group and phase velocities oppose each other. Left-
handed materials can be used for developing, for example, "perfect" lenses [2]
capable of sub-wavelength resolution.
Key to understanding the bulk properties of the infinitely extended composite
materials is the accurate determination of the band structure of the electro-
magnetic waves by solving Maxwell's equations. In the frequency domain, the
wave equation becomes
Vx (--'.V x E) = c E-E (1)
where E is the electric field and p (E) the permeability (permittivity) of the
medium. Both e and p are spatially varying tensors. The perfect conductor
boundary condition E x n = 0, where n is the normal, is applied at the
conductor boundaries. Because of the system periodicity, and according to
Floquet's theorem, the electric field can be expressed as E exp ik-x, where
E(x+L) = E(x) is a periodic function, L is any one of the periodicity vectors,
and k is inside the Brillouin zone. Therefore, it is sufficient to solve Eq. (1)
inside the unit cell, which we assume to be a parallelepiped with the dimensions
Lx Lx XL2. The equation for E can be obtained from (1) by replacing V by
V + ik:
W2
a
(V + ik) x [ i-' (V + ik) x E] = -c E-. (2)
C2
Here, k-L represents, up to a term 27r(m+n+1) (m, n and 1 are integers), the
phase shift experienced by the wave across the unit cell. For m = n = l = 0,
k can be thought of as the wave vector of an incident wave. From now on we
will focus on E and drop the-for notational simplicity.
Note that we have chosen here to write the equation for E. The equation for
the magnetic field H is similar to (2) except for e and p playing opposite roles.
Hence, the pairs (E, E) and (pt, H*) can be regarded as dual of each other (the
complex * and Hermitian t conjugates are required to derive the Poynting
flux involving E only from an expression solely based on H and vice-versa).
This duality extends to the jump conditions across permittivity discontinuities
([[n-E-E]] = 0) and permeability discontinuities ([[n-p-H]] = 0) but not, how-
ever, to the boundary conditions at the surface of perfect conductors. While
the tangential E (Et) must be set to zero there, it is the normal component of
H (Hn) that is required to vanish at the conductor so that the mode structure
of magnetic and electric fields will in general to be fundamentally different. It
turns out that solving for H is from a coding viewpoint straightforward be-
cause Hn = 0 are the default (homogeneous natural) boundary conditions of2
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Pletzer, A. & Shvets, G. Simulating Photons and Plasmons in a Three-dimensional Lattice, report, September 3, 2002; Princeton, New Jersey. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc734157/m1/4/: accessed March 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.