Reinterpreting the magnetoelectric coupling of polarizability tensors of infinite cylinders using symmetry: A simple TM/TE view

Parry Y. Chen, Jacob Ben-Yakar, Yonatan Sivan

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Abstract

Recently, Strickland [Phys. Rev. B 91, 085104 (2015)PRBMDO1098-012110.1103/PhysRevB.91.085104] retrieved dynamic polarizabilities of infinitely long wires at oblique incidence, reporting nonzero magnetoelectric coupling, seemingly defying existing theorems which forbid this in centrosymmetric scatterers. We reconcile this finding with existing symmetry restrictions on microscopic polarizabilities using a property of line dipoles. This motivates a reformulation of cylinder polarizability, yielding diagonal tensors that decompose the response into TM and TE contributions, simplifying subsequent treatment by homogenization theories. A transformation is derived between the formulation of Strickland et al. and our reformulation, allowing magnetoelectric coupling to be identified as the contrast between TM and TE responses, and enabling simple geometric insights into all its scaling and symmetry properties.

Original languageEnglish
Article number035142
JournalPhysical Review B
Volume94
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 20 Jul 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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