We describe a simple experimental setup with which to observe the transverse shift—also known as the Imbert-Fedorov effect—that circularly or elliptically polarized optical beams undergo after a single total internal reflection on a dielectric plane. A comparison between a theoretical model based on the conservation of energy and experimental measurements shows good agreement simultaneously for longitudinal (Goos-Hänchen) and transverse (Imbert-Fedorov) displacements.
© 2004 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: July 22, 2003
Revised Manuscript: December 19, 2003
Published: March 20, 2004
Frank Pillon, Hervé Gilles, and Sylvain Girard, "Experimental observation of the Imbert–Fedorov transverse displacement after a single total reflection," Appl. Opt. 43, 1863-1869 (2004)