A remarkable property of one-dimensional (1-D) all-dielectric periodic structures has recently been reported, namely, a 1-D structure can totally reflect electromagnetic wave of any polarization at all angles within a prescribed frequency region. Unlike their metallic counterpart, such all-dielectric omnidirectional mirrors are nearly free of loss at optical frequencies. Here we discuss the physics, design criteria and applications of the thin-film all-dielectric omnidirectional mirror. The experimental demonstration of the mirror is presented at optical frequencies.
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