Frequency-dependent impedance and surface waves on the boundary of a stratified dielectric medium

Kirill Cherednichenko, William Graham

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We analyse waves propagating along the interface between half-spaces filled with a perfect dielectric and a Lorentz material. We show that the corresponding interface condition leads to a generalization of the classical Leontovich condition on the boundary of a dielectric half-space. We study when this condition supports propagation of (dispersive) surface waves. We derive the related dispersion relation for waves along the boundary of a stratified half-space and determine the relationship between the loss parameter, frequency and wavenumber for which interfacial waves exist.

Original languageEnglish
Article number20190218
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
JournalPhilosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences
Issue number2156
Publication statusPublished - 2 Sept 2019


  • Boundary impedance
  • Leontovich boundary conditions
  • Maxwell equations
  • Stratified media
  • Surface waves

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  • Mathematics(all)
  • Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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