Nonreciprocal light phenomena, including one-way wave propagation along an interface and one-way optical tunneling, are presented at terahertz frequencies in a system of magnetically controlled multi-layered structure. By varying the surface termination and the surrounding medium, it is found that the nonreciprocal bound or radiative Tamm plasmon polartions can be supported, manipulated, and well excited. Two different types of contributions to the non-reciprocity are analyzed, including the direct effect of magnetization-dependent surface terminating layer as well as violation of the periodicity in truncated multi-layered systems. Calculations on the asymmetrical dispersion relation of surface modes, field distribution, and transmission spectra through the structure are employed to confirm the theoretical results, which may potentially impact the design of tunable and compact optical isolators.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics