Modeling photonic crystals by boundary integral equations and Dirichlet-to-Neumann maps

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4617-4629
Journal / PublicationJournal of Computational Physics
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 20 Apr 2008


Efficient numerical methods for analyzing photonic crystals (PhCs) can be developed using the Dirichlet-to-Neumann (DtN) maps of the unit cells. The DtN map is an operator that takes the wave field on the boundary of a unit cell to its normal derivative. In frequency domain calculations for band structures and transmission spectra of finite PhCs, the DtN maps allow us to reduce the computation to the boundaries of the unit cells. For two-dimensional (2D) PhCs with unit cells containing circular cylinders, the DtN maps can be constructed from analytic solutions (the cylindrical waves). In this paper, we develop a boundary integral equation method for computing DtN maps of general unit cells containing cylinders with arbitrary cross sections. The DtN map method is used to analyze band structures for 2D PhCs with elliptic and other cylinders. © 2008 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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  • Band structures, Boundary integral equation, Dirichlet-to-Neumann map, Numerical method, Photonic crystal

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