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Recently [Opt. Lett. 25, 1092 (2000)], two of the present authors proposed extending the domain of applicability of grating theories to aperiodic structures, especially the diffraction structures that are encountered in integrated optics. This extension was achieved by introduction of virtual periodicity and incorporation of artificial absorbers at the(More)
The phenomenon of extraordinary light transmission through metallic films perforated by nanohole arrays at optical frequencies was first observed a decade ago and initiated important further experimental and theoretical work. In view of potential applications of such structures--for example, subwavelength optics, optoelectronics devices, and chemical(More)
Rigorous coupled-wave analysis (also called the Fourier-modal method) is an efficient tool for the numerical analysis of grating diffraction problems. We show that, with only a few modifications, this method can be used efficiently for the numerical analysis of aperiodic diffraction problems, including photonic crystal waveguides, Bragg mirrors, and grating(More)
A modified formulation of Maxwell's equations is presented that includes a complex and nonlinear coordinate transform along one or two Cartesian coordinates. The added degrees of freedom in the modified Maxwell's equations allow one to map an infinite space to a finite space and to specify graded perfectly matched absorbing boundaries that allow the(More)
A metal film perforated by a regular array of subwavelength holes shows unexpectedly large transmission at particular wavelengths, a phenomenon known as the extraordinary optical transmission (EOT) of metal hole arrays. EOT was first attributed to surface plasmon polaritons, stimulating a renewed interest in plasmonics and metallic surfaces with(More)
  • Michael Niggemann, Benedikt Bläsi, Andreas Gombert, Andreas Hinsch, Harald Hoppe, Philippe Lalanne +2 others
  • 2001
In this paper we investigate the potential of light trapping with diffraction gratings for organic solar cells. The architecture of the solar cell is based on conjugated polymers and a buckminsterfullerene derivative (PCBM), forming an interpenetrating donor-acceptor-network. The motivation for light trapping is the small absorptance of the photoactive(More)
We present a semianalytical model that quantitatively predicts the scattering of light by a single subwavelength slit in a thick metal screen. In contrast to previous theoretical works related to the transmission properties of the slit, the analysis emphasizes the generation of surface plasmons at the slit apertures. The model relies on a two-stage(More)
We derive closed-form expressions for the effective index of subwavelength gratings up to the fourth and the second order for TE and TM polarization, respectively. These expressions are valid for arbitrary grating structures and are a generalization of previous results obtained for lamellar gratings with one groove per period (a structure often called a(More)
The new formulation of the coupled-wave analysis recently proposed by Lalanne and Morris [J. that drastically improves the convergence performance of the method for lamellar gratings and for TM polarization is shown to be badly conditioned for gratings with a small thickness. Numerical evidence obtained with the coupled-wave analysis and with the(More)