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Chushun Zhang, Hui Huang, Luchen Huang, Yaru Dong, Xiaoyu Liu, "A Wave Splitter with Simple Structure Based on Biaxial Anisotropic Medium", International Journal of Antennas and Propagation, vol. 2017, Article ID 2741925, 7 pages, 2017. https://doi.org/10.1155/2017/2741925
A Wave Splitter with Simple Structure Based on Biaxial Anisotropic Medium
Abstract
A TE/TM wave splitter based on biaxial anisotropic slab is designed. According to the total reflection and total transmission of TE/TM waves incident from isotropic medium into biaxial anisotropic medium, we propose a wave splitter with simple structure and little limitation on both constitutive parameters and incident angle. All the results are verified by simulation.
1. Introduction
The studies of metamaterial have been the research focus in the field of electromagnetic and materials since Veselago proposed lefthanded medium in 1968 [1] and Smith et al. made the first metamaterial sample which has negative index with permittivity and permeability in 2001 [2]. It is well known that the propagations and characteristics of metamaterial are significantly different from those of isotropic materials [3–15]. Metamaterial has many unusual properties and may lead to important applications, such as absorber [16], wave splitter [17], and subwavelength rectangular cavity [18].
Theoretically, metamaterial can be considered biaxial anisotropic medium; that is, its permittivity and permeability are both diagonal tensors:Generally, and . The studies of biaxial anisotropic medium have received much interest and attention. Reference [19] has shown that anomalous negative refraction can occur at an interface associated with a metamaterial, which does not necessarily require that all tensor elements of and have negative values. The propagation of planewave in biaxial anisotropic medium with singlesheeted hyperboloid dispersion relation is investigated in [20]. Characteristics of surface wave in biaxial anisotropic lefthanded materials are discussed in [21]. Negative refraction and cross polarization effects of biaxial anisotropic medium are summarized in [22]. The doublereflection and light interference pattern in a biaxial anisotropic thin film is numerically investigated in [23]. Under such circumstances, this paper focuses on the application of biaxial anisotropic medium.
Because of different dispersion relations of TE waves and TM waves in biaxial anisotropic medium, they propagate in different directions and phase velocities. Thus, the propagation of electromagnetic waves can be controlled by designing constitutive parameters. In this paper, we present the theoretical analysis of a wave splitter based on biaxial anisotropic medium.
Nowadays, available technology can separate electromagnetic waves by their different power, mode, or frequency according to different engineering applications [24–28]. The wave splitter based on biaxial anisotropic medium we design in this paper can separate electromagnetic waves by polarization. More specifically, this slab with specific constitutive parameters can make TE waves totally reflected and TM waves totally transmitted, while, with the other specific constitutive parameters, we can get TM waves totally reflected and TE waves totally transmitted. Compared with traditional wave splitters, such a wave splitter with simple structure has little limitation on both constitutive parameters and incident angle. Meanwhile, it can be designed with any chirality of biaxial anisotropic medium and any width. This provides a theoretical basis to the engineering practice.
The paper is organized as follows: in Section 2, we present a brief review on the total reflection and total transmission in biaxial anisotropic medium. In Section 3, we discuss two ways to separate TE waves and TM waves. Finally in Section 4, we summarize the advantages of this TE/TM wave splitter.
2. Theoretical Analysis
2.1. Total Reflection of TE Waves
Considering the configuration in Figure 1, a TE wave is incident from a semiinfinite isotropic medium into a biaxial anisotropic medium at an oblique angle . Region 0 is the isotropic medium, with permittivity and permeability . Region is the biaxial anisotropic medium, with permittivity and permeability which are shown in (1) and (2), respectively.
For Figure 1, with wave vectors (incident) and (reflection) in the isotropic medium and (transmission) in the biaxial anisotropic medium, the dispersion relations can be expressed as Based on the dispersion relations of two mediums and the boundary conditions, we can get the reflection coefficient for TE wavesWhen becomes imaginary, that is, total reflection occurs at the boundary. Together with (3), we can get the total reflection conditions in Table 1.

Generally, we choose two biaxial anisotropic mediums: medium 1 is lefthanded medium with the constitutive parameters: ; ; medium 2 is righthanded medium with the constitutive parameters: ; . Both of them satisfy the condition b of case (A) shown in Table 1 and the critical angles are both . In Figure 2, we show component of electric field in the plane generated by the TE incident wave with two different incident angles. The incident angles in Figures 2(a) and 2(c) are both 25°. We can see that there is nontotal reflection. Differently, the transmission wave and the incident wave are on the same side of the normal in medium 1 (lefthanded) while they are on the different side in the medium 2 (righthanded). Shown as Figures 2(b) and 2(d), when the incident angles are 45° (), total reflection occurs at the boundary. All the results are in accordance with the theoretical derivation summarized in Table 1.
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2.2. Total Transmission of TM Waves
Similarly, consider a TM incident case. According to the dispersion relations of TM waves in two mediums, and the boundary conditions, the reflection coefficient for TM waves can be written asWhen total transmission occurs at the boundary, let ; we can get the total transmission condition in terms of Brewster Angle Since , the existence conditions of Brewster Angle can be written as follows: , ,We can see that total transmission at the boundary between an isotropic medium and a biaxial anisotropic medium for TM waves is up to the value of , , and . Together with (7), we can get the total transmission conditions in Table 2.

Generally, we choose the constitutive parameters of biaxial anisotropic medium to match condition (E) in Table 2: ; . In Figure 3, we show component of magnetic field with a TM incidence with two different incident angles. The incident angles are 30° and 60°, respectively. We can see that, for both cases, total transmission occurs at the boundary. All the results match with the theoretical derivation listed in Table 2.
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Besides, in order to demonstrate the condition that total transmission occurs only when the incident angle is Brewster Angle , we choose condition (F) in Table 2: ; . Its Brewster Angle . In Figure 4, we show the component of magnetic field with a TM incidence with different incident angles. The incident angles are 30°, 50.63°, and 70°, respectively. We can see that total transmission only occurs when the incident angle is Brewster Angle . All the results match with the theoretical derivation listed in Table 2.
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Other situations can also be simulated and verified.
3. Result and Discussion
Since biaxial anisotropic medium is a reciprocal medium, if total transmission occurs at the boundary when a TM wave is incident from isotropic medium into biaxial anisotropic medium, total transmission will also occur when this TM wave is incident from biaxial anisotropic medium into the same isotropic medium. Therefore, TM waves can fullpass the biaxial anisotropic slab, independent of the thickness of the slab as long as constitutive parameters match the condition in Table 2.
Besides, the dispersion relations of TE waves and TM waves are dual (according to (4) and (8)), so we can get the other dispersion relation by exchanging the elements of and in either relation (, , and exchange with , , and ). Also because of the dual property, although we only discussed the total reflection with TE waves incidence above, we can get the TM case if we replace , , and with , , and . In the similar way, for total transmission, we can we can get the condition for TE waves by replacing , , and with , , and .
Hence, if biaxial anisotropic medium’s permittivity and permeability are set appropriately for some special value, it will simultaneously satisfy both the condition of TE (TM) waves’ total reflection and TM (TE) waves’ total transmission. In this way, the separation of TE waves and TM waves can be realized easily. Specifically, there are two ways to design such a wave splitter.
3.1. Total Reflection for TE Waves and Total Transmission for TM Waves
We can choose constitutive parameters to satisfy one of the conditions in Tables 1 and 2 to separate TE waves and TM waves, which are combined both in incidence waves. In this way, TE waves will totally reflect while TM waves will totally transmit.
For instance, we choose biaxial anisotropic medium’s constitutive parameters to satisfy condition (b) of case (A) in Table 1 and case (E) in Table 2: ; ; in this way, its critical angle is and the total reflection condition of TE waves is satisfied. In Figure 5, we show the electric field and the magnetic field when a Gaussian beam is incident from air into the biaxial slab with the incident angle of 45°. We can see from Figure 5(a) that when , total reflection occurs for TE waves. Figure 5(b) shows that TM waves can totally transmit.
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3.2. Total Reflection for TM Waves and Total Transmission for TE Waves
For this case, we choose biaxial anisotropic medium’s constitutive parameters: ; . These constitutive parameters satisfy both the condition of TM waves’ total reflection and TE waves’ total transmission. Figure 6(a) shows that there is total reflection for TM waves. Figure 6(b) shows that there is always total transmission for TE waves.
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4. Conclusion
This paper firstly discusses the total reflection and total transmission when electromagnetic waves are incident from a semiinfinite isotropic medium into a biaxial anisotropic medium. Furthermore, we design a TE/TM wave splitter based on a biaxial anisotropic slab. The structure of the wave splitter is simple and has little limitation on constitutive parameters, incident angle, and chirality. Meanwhile, such wave splitters can separate TE waves and TM waves as long as constitutive parameters are chosen in a wide range. The results of simulation verify the theoretical derivations.
Conflicts of Interest
The authors declare that there are no conflicts of interest regarding the publication of this paper.
Acknowledgments
This work is supported by the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (2014JBZ017).
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