Abstract

An analytical formulation for the band structure and Bloch modes in elliptically birefringent magnetophotonic crystals is presented. The model incorporates both the effects of gyrotropy and linear birefringence generally present in magneto-optic thin-film devices. Full analytical expressions are obtained for the dispersion relation and Bloch modes in a layered-stack photonic crystal, and their properties are analyzed. It is shown that other models recently discussed in the literature are contained as special limiting cases of the formulation presented herein.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

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