Electromagnetic wave chaos in photonic crystals
Henning, Andrew John (2009) Electromagnetic wave chaos in photonic crystals. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.
Similarities in the form of the Schrodinger equation that governs the behaviour of electronic wavefunctions, and Maxwell’s equations which govern the behaviour of electromagnetic waves, allow ideas that originated in solid state physics to be easily applied to electromagnetic waves in photonic structures. While electrons moving through a semiconductor experience a periodic variation in charge, in a photonic crystal electromagnetic waves experience a periodic variation in refractive index. This leads to ideas such as bandstructure being applicable to the one and two dimensional photonic crystals used in this work.
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