We report on the occurrence of strong nonreciprocal magnetochiral dichroism in helical structures of magnetic garnet spheres, which emerges as a result of the simultaneous lack of time-reversal and space-inversion symmetries, by means of rigorous full-electrodynamic calculations using the layer-multiple-scattering method. It is shown that a strong effect appears in flat band regions associated with enhanced natural and magnetic optical activity.
A detailed and rigorous theoretical investigation of the optical properties of a generic three-dimensional chiral structure of plasma spheres, without and under the action of an external static uniform magnetic field, is presented. Corresponding photonic band diagrams in conjunction with relevant transmission spectra, calculated by the full electrodynamic layer-multiple-scattering method properly extended to the case of gyrotropic spherical scatterers, are discussed in the light of the theory of nonsymmorphic space groups. This analysis provides a consistent interpretation of some remarkable features and effects like Dirac points, polarization-dependent transmission, as well as band splitting and non-reciprocal optical response that emerge as a result of time-reversal-symmetry breaking, induced by the external static magnetic field, and the lack of space-inversion symmetry in the crystal.
We report on the occurrence and properties of photonic surface states in periodic structures of magnetized plasma nanospheres by means of rigorous calculations using the full-electrodynamic layer-multiple-scattering method, properly extended to treat gyrotropic spheres with arbitrarily oriented gyration vector. More specifically, dispersion diagrams of Tamm states at the (001) surface of a semi-infinite fcc crystal of plasma nanospheres and of guided modes of a square array of such spheres supported by a quartz substrate, without and under the action of an in-plane static uniform magnetic field, are analyzed and nonreciprocal optical response, which emerges as a result of the simultaneous lack of space-inversion and time-reversal symmetries, is demonstrated in the Voigt geometry.
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