This paper points out a number of errors that have appeared in the literature concerning transmission-line models for metal grid reflectors (strip gratings and meshes) especially in regard to the design of laser mirrors and filter elements for use at submillimeter wavelengths. General formulas are given for the transmittance of lossy grids and for the equivalent circuit impedances to be used in these formulas for strip gratings and meshes at a plane boundary between two lossless dielectrics. The results apply for normal incidence and for wavelengths in both dielectrics greater than the grid period. Limitations of the transmission-line models for meshes at dielectric boundaries are discussed.
© 1985 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: August 6, 1984
Published: January 15, 1985
Lewis B. Whitbourn and Richard C. Compton, "Equivalent-circuit formulas for metal grid reflectors at a dielectric boundary," Appl. Opt. 24, 217-220 (1985)