Plasmonic cavity modes: Black-hole phenomena captured by perfectly matched layers

Anne-Sophie Bonnet-Ben Dhia, Teresa C. Carvalho, L. Chesnel, Patrick Ciarlet

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We study a 2D dielectric cavity with a metal inclusion and we assume that, in a given frequency range, the metal permittivity ε = ε(ω) is a negative real number. We look for the plasmonic cavity resonances by studying the linearized eigenvalue problem (dependence in ω of ε frozen). When the inclusion is smooth, the linearized problem operator has a discrete spectrum which can be computed numerically with a good approximation, e.g., by a classical Finite Element Method. However, when the inclusion has corners, due to very singular phenomena, we loose the operator properties and numerical approximations are not stable. Paradoxically there is a theoretical and a numerical need to take into account these singularities in order to compute the modes, even the regular ones. Then we propose an original use of PMLs (Perfectly Matched Layers) at the corners to capture these plasmonic waves.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPIERS 2013 Stockholm - Progress in Electromagnetics Research Symposium, Proceedings
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2013
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventProgress in Electromagnetics Research Symposium - Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: 12 Aug 201315 Aug 2013


ConferenceProgress in Electromagnetics Research Symposium
Abbreviated titlePIERS


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