Studying basic physical effects sustained in metamaterials characterized by specific constitutive relation is a research topic with a long-standing tradition. Besides intellectual curiosity, it derives its importance from the ability to predict observable phenomena that are, if found with an actual metamaterial, a clear indication on its properties. Here, we consider a nonlocal (strong spatial dispersion), lossy, and isotropic metamaterial and study the impact of the nonlocality on the dispersion relation of surface plasmon polaritons sustained at an interface between vacuum and such metamaterial. For that, Fresnel coefficients are calculated and appropriate surface plasmon polaritons existence conditions are being proposed. Predictions regarding the experimentally observable reflection from a frustrated internal reflection geometry are being made. A different behavior for TE and TM polarization is observed. Our work unlocks opportunities to seek for traces of the nonlocality in experiments made with nowadays metamaterials.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics