In this chapter, Fano resonances in simple structures with high permittivity such as spheres or core-shell particles are analyzed by Mie theory. The Mie scattering coefficients can be decomposed into slow varying backgrounds and narrow resonances, which cause the Fano resonances in scattered field. For structures of arbitrary shapes, temporal coupled-mode theory is applied to explain the Fano resonances found in the scattering cross section. At last, we analyze the periodic structures by using band diagram, and it shows that the Fano resonances can be viewed as the superposition of the Bloch wave and the Mie scattering wave.
- Fano resonance
- Mie theory
- temporal coupled-mode theory
- photonic crystal
Fano resonance was first discovered in quantum systems to describe the asymmetrically shaped ionization spectral lines of atoms . The asymmetric profile is caused by the interference between a broad background state and a narrow discrete state. The interference phenomenon also exists in electromagnetic system and was first observed by Wood . With the development of metamaterials, Fano resonances have been observed in many classical oscillator systems, such as nonconcentric ring/disk cavities , asymmetric split rings, and dolmen structures . Such Fano systems are caused by symmetry breaking of the geometry and are usually consisted of metal and dielectric. Recently, metamaterials composed of high refractive index materials have attracted researchers’ attentions since they can enhance efficiency significantly . Fano resonances occur in these metamaterials usually have larger quality factor since metal is replaced by lossless high-permittivity dielectric, which makes Fano curve sharper compared with conventional metamaterials.
In this chapter, we will investigate the Fano resonances in high-permittivity objects theoretically and do the simulations to verify the accuracy of theories, which will provide a guidance for the further study and applications. The chapter is organized as follows:
In the second section, we analyze the Fano resonances in high-permittivity spheres, which are the simplest structures that can be analyzed by applying Mie theory easily.
In the third section, we will use the Mie theory to investigate the Fano resonances in core-shell particles. With more degrees of freedom for design, core-shell structures are more suitable for applications such as sensors.
In the fourth section, a new method called temporal coupled-mode theory (TCMT) is used to explain the Fano resonances found in high permittivity arbitrarily shaped objects. Combined with cylindrical wave expansion (2D) or spherical wave expansion (3D), we can use TCMT to model the Fano resonances in scattering by an arbitrary object.
In the fifth section, we do some numerical simulation on periodic array of cylinders and show that Fano resonances can be observed in transmission spectra as a result of interference of leaky guided modes of cylinders with an incident electromagnetic wave.
In the last section, we will draw a conclusion briefly.
2. Fano resonances in high-permittivity spheres
2.1. Mie theory
Mie scattering was first discovered by Mie in 1908 . In spite of the long history, Mie theory still governs the forefront optical devices such as nanoantennas  and metamaterials . It describes the scattering of a plane wave by a homogeneous sphere. The solution takes form of an infinite series of spherical multipole partial waves. For different electromagnetic modes, the positions of resonances which can be calculated by Mie theory are different. Resonance arises when the incident wave reaches an eigenmode frequency and excites localized modes in the sphere.
Let us assume the radius of sphere is
2.2. Decomposition of Mie scattering coefficients
For simplicity, the embedding medium is considered to be vacuum in the following analysis, so we have ϵ = 1, μ = 1. We assume the relative permeability of sphere to be 1 and the relative permittivity
where means a slow varying background and means a narrow resonance when high-permittivity dielectric sphere is considered .
As shown in Figure 1, squared norm of Mie coefficient |
Similarly, magnetic scattering coefficient ∣
where represents a slow varying background and represents a narrow resonance (as shown in Figure 2).
The slow varying backgrounds are the same as scattering coefficients of PEC spheres.
2.3. Rewrite Mie coefficients in the form of Fano function
Normalized Fano function can be expressed as , where
When the permittivity of sphere is high, we can rewrite the Mie coefficients in the form of Fano function. The resonance position, resonance width, and Fano parameter can be achieved by following Eqs. (10):
In Eqs. (5)–(7), Re(
As shown in Figure 3, the approximate model which can be written in the form of Fano function matches well with the exact Mie scattering coefficient.
3. Fano resonances in core-shell particles with high-permittivity covers
In most researches [11, 12], Fano resonances observed in coated spheres are derived in the Rayleigh limit. However, the approximation may suffer a loss of precision when frequency gets higher. An exact analysis based on Mie theory is proposed to analyze Fano resonances by coated spheres with high-permittivity covers in a precise way .
3.1. Theoretical analysis
Let us assume the inner radius of core-shell particle is
Similarly, we can decompose magnetic scattering coefficients into two parts:
As shown in Figure 4, the scattering coefficients can be viewed as the cascade of Fano resonances.
3.2. Application of sensors
Due to the sharp resonances near the resonance frequencies, Fano resonances have great potential applications in sensing problems [14–16]. Although some of them may have high sensitivity, the structures which are designed to produce Fano resonances are usually complicated and cannot be analyzed by formula exactly. Because of the simple structure, core-shell particles have the potential to be a great platform for sensing since they can be fabricated easily. In fact, core-shell particles consisted of metal and dielectric, can exhibit Fano resonances due to the hybridization between the plasmon resonances of the core and shell [17, 18]. However, the loss in metal may flatten the shape of Fano curve, which affects the sensitivity of Fano resonance sensor. Hence, we use lossless high-permittivity dielectric to replace the metal.
For the high-permittivity shell sensors, we can fill the core with unknown materials. The permittivity of the unknown material can be varied continuously such as liquid solvents. By detecting the scattering field over a discrete set of frequencies near Fano resonance position, we can achieve the permittivity we want with high accuracy.
The sensitivity for Fano resonance sensing can be examined by comparing the changes in the scattering coefficients between core-shell structure with high-permittivity shell and homogeneous sphere when the permittivity of material changes. We can define the sensitivity as an analogy to 
As shown in Figure 5(a), the difference of sensitivity between core-shell structure and sphere is plotted. As for the core-shell structure, the relative permittivity of core is increased by ∆
Since Fano resonances of high permittivity core-shell particles mentioned above only exist in scattering coefficients of multipole partial waves, it is difficult to achieve these coefficients separately by measuring the electromagnetic field distribution around the scatterers. In fact, by choosing operating frequency range properly, we can achieve the scattering coefficient of a single partial wave (for example) without filtering out from the total electromagnetic fields. When size parameter
The contribution of to Eq. (13) can be defined as
As shown in Figure 6, when we choose the first Fano resonance position of as the operating frequency, we find that the scattering cross section of multipole partial waves is the same as the scattering cross section of for a narrow frequency range. As shown in Figure 6(a), Fano resonance can also be observed in scattering cross section which can be used to sense the permittivity.
The asymmetry parameter 〈cosΘ〉 is defined as the average cosine of the scattering angle Θ. For a spherical particle, the asymmetry parameter can be calculated by 
The asymmetry parameter is positive if the particle scatters more light toward the forward direction while it is negative if more light is scattered toward the backscattering direction.
As shown in Figure 7, the width between maximum and minimum for a fixed core permittivity
To check the average scattering direction changes from front to back, we use numerical simulation software COMSOL 5.0 to simulate the scattering of a plane wave by a core-shell structure. The incident wave travels in the +
Hence, Fano resonances in core-shell particles can be used to detect the slight changes of core permittivity since they are sensitive in both magnitude and direction.
4. Fano resonances in arbitrary objects with high-permittivity dielectric
When the structure gets more complicated, the Mie theory is no longer valid for the solution of scattering field. We have to use the temporal coupled-mode theory (TCMT) to replace Mie theory when investigating the Fano resonances in arbitrary objects with high-permittivity dielectric.
4.1. Temporal coupled-mode theory
The temporal coupled-mode theory provides a useful general framework to study the interaction of a resonance with external waves. It has been well developed when dealing with particles that have cylindrical or spherical shapes . In , TCMT has been generalized to analysis the scattering of arbitrary shape structures. The temporal coupled-mode equations can be expressed as 
In Eq. (16), |
There exists some constrains between
For a 2D arbitrary object, we can expand scattering field into cylindrical waves
The incident plane wave can also be expanded into cylindrical waves
4.2. Numerical simulation
The method we determine the coefficients in Eq. (16) is similar to the method described in . Firstly, we use eigenmode analysis in COMSOL 5.0 to figure out the resonance frequency
Once the coefficients in Eq. (16) are determined, we can use the TCMT to predict the scattering fields by different incident frequencies and incident angles.
As shown in Figure 9, the relative permittivity of rounded-corner triangle is 600. The structure has a resonance frequency of
When a TM wave impinges on the scatterer, the scattering cross section can be defined as
As shown in Figure 10(b, c), for different incident angles, scattering cross sections predicted by TCMT match well with the results simulated by COMSOL.
As shown in Figure 11, the green line represents the assumption in  that the background scattering matrix
5. Fano resonances in periodic structures
Fano resonances have been widely observed in the various periodic structures [24, 25]. The theory of Fano resonance in periodic structures is well developed. In , temporal coupled-mode theory is applied to analysis the transmission spectra of photonic crystal slab. According to the TCMT, the Fano resonances existed in transmission spectra are the result of the coupling of leaky mode to the external waves. Recently, the experimental discovery of Fano resonances involving interference between Mie scattering and Bragg scattering is studied in . By comparing the disordered system with the periodic structure, they conclude the sharp resonances in periodic structure are caused by the Bloch waves. In order to study the interference between Mie scattering and Bragg scattering theoretically, the inverse dispersion method is proposed to calculate the photonic band diagram and distinguish unambiguously between Bragg and Mie gaps in the spectra . The method reduces Maxwell’s equations to a problem with the eigenvalue
5.1. Transmission spectra of the photonic Crystal slab
The structure of photonic crystal slab is shown in Figure 12. We assume the dielectric cylinders are parallel to the
As shown in Figure 13, Fano resonances with narrow resonance width can be observed. The permittivity of photonic crystal slab does not need to be as high as single cylinder in order to achieve same quality factor and such materials may be easily found in nature.
Let us assume the Fano resonances in Figure 13 satisfy the Fano function . Firstly, we use eigenmode analysis in COMSOL to figure out the eigenfrequency of photonic crystal slab. The real and imaginary part of eigenfrequency represent the resonance frequency
5.2. Band diagram of photonic Crystal
The photonic crystal slab is periodic in only one direction while two-dimensional photonic crystal is periodic in two directions. For a photonic crystal as shown in Figure 15, the band diagram for is plotted in Figure 16(a). The eigenfrequencies of the photonic crystal are real while the eigenfrequencies of the photonic crystal slab are complex due to the existence of radiation loss. Hence, only the real parts of eigenfrequencies are plotted as shown in Figure 16(b). By comparing the resonance frequencies shown in Figure 13 and eigenfrequencies in Figure 16(b), we can conclude that the occurrence of Fano resonances in transmission spectra of photonic crystal slab can be predicted by the real parts of the eigenfrequencies of the system. In addition, for the Fano resonances, which are observed in Figure 13(b) but cannot be observed in Figure 13(a), they all have the eigenfrequencies with
As shown in Figure 16, the Fano resonances of the transmission spectra coincide with the band diagram of the two-dimensional photonic crystal, which further explains that Fano resonances in periodic structures can be viewed as the superposition of the Bloch wave, which provides the narrow resonances and the Mie scattering wave which provides the slow varying background.
In this chapter, we have presented various structures with high permittivity, which have Fano resonances, such as spheres, core-shell particles, arbitrary shape objects, and periodic structures. For each structure, different theoretical methods together with numerical analysis have been presented. Compared with conventional Fano resonances observed in structures consisted of metal and dielectric, high-permittivity structures can enhance the quality factor significantly, which may open up new opportunities for applications such as sensors, switches, and permittivity measuring technique.