Abstract

The direction of propagation followed by a monochromatic beam in a periodic structure is generally deduced from the isofrequency diagram, which is related to the group velocity. However, the group velocity is the derivative of ω with respect to the wavenumber, while the behavior of the beam should depend on ω only. In the subwavelength regime, a method for choosing the relevant branch of the isofrequency diagram and relying on the behavior of the system at ω only is described.

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