Smith-Purcell radiation emission in aperiodic arrays
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We study the Smith-Purcell light emission produced by electrons moving parallel to linear aperiodic particle arrays. This constitutes a generalization of this type of phenomenon from periodic to aperiodic structures. As in the periodic case, the emission is found to exhibit intense features in its angular and frequency distributions, associated with the condition of constructive interference between the contributions arising from different particles in the array. This condition can also be expressed in terms of momentum conservation involving reciprocal wave-vector transfers from the array. We consider two examples of quasiperiodic and hyperuniform aperiodic arrays that allow us to illustrate this idea. Our study provides insight into the interaction of fast electrons with aperiodic arrays characterized by strong features in reciprocal space, which dominate the electron-array coupling.
CitationSaavedra, J. R. M.; Castells-Graells, D.; García de Abajo, F. Javier. Smith-Purcell radiation emission in aperiodic arrays. "Physical Review B", 13 Juliol 2016, vol. 94, núm. 035418.