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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 36, Iss. 18 — Jun. 20, 1997
  • pp: 4265–4268

Analytic solution for the peak reflectivity of an asymmetric mirror

Michelle A. Parent, Suhail S. Murtaza, and Joe C. Campbell  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 36, Issue 18, pp. 4265-4268 (1997)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.36.004265


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Abstract

Asymmetric Bragg reflectors have been shown to optimize mirror performance in strained-layer material systems. Although the theory behind the reflectivity of symmetric mirrors has been well studied, little is known about asymmetric mirror designs. We present a closed-form solution for the peak reflectivity of an asymmetric mirror that results from applying a tanh substitution. This elegant technique has been shown to yield a markedly simplified calculation of the peak reflectivity of a symmetric mirror. These analytic expressions will be useful in mirror design by providing a straightforward way to compare the trade-offs between asymmetric and symmetric mirror designs.

© 1997 Optical Society of America

History
Original Manuscript: August 12, 1996
Published: June 20, 1997

Citation
Michelle A. Parent, Suhail S. Murtaza, and Joe C. Campbell, "Analytic solution for the peak reflectivity of an asymmetric mirror," Appl. Opt. 36, 4265-4268 (1997)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-36-18-4265

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