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Theory of Wood’s Anomalies

  • Daniel Maystre
Part of the Springer Series in Optical Sciences book series (SSOS, volume 167)


Discovered by Wood in 1902, grating anomalies have fascinated specialists of optics for more than one century. Long after the first interpretation given by Rayleigh, Fano has suggested that the origin of anomalies could be found in the excitation of surface waves. This chapter describes the quantitative phenomenological theory of Wood’s anomalies developed in the 1970s, based on the interpretation given by Fano and on the macroscopic laws of electromagnetics. This theory leads to a formula giving the efficiency of gratings in the region of anomaly and predicts the phenomenon of total absorption of light by a grating.


Propagation Constant Surface Plasmon Polariton Groove Depth Positive Imaginary Part Metallic Grating 
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  1. 1.Institut Fresnel, CNRSUniversité d’Aix Marseille, Ecole Centrale Marseille MarseilleFrance

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