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APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 45, Iss. 11 — Apr. 10, 2006
  • pp: 2410–2421

Path of a beam of light through an optical coating

Karen D. Hendrix and C. K. Carniglia  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 45, Issue 11, pp. 2410-2421 (2006)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.45.002410


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Abstract

A simple model for the path of a light beam through an optical coating is the path of a ray predicted by Snell's law. By determining the exit point of a beam for various types of coating, one finds that the simple model is a good approximation in the case of antireflection coatings, but not for coatings of other designs. An approximate method for determining the correct path of a beam through the coating is derived and the path is illustrated using a Gaussian incident beam and tracing the position of the peak field of the beam as it traverses the coating.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(310.1620) Thin films : Interference coatings
(310.6870) Thin films : Thin films, other properties

History
Original Manuscript: August 10, 2005
Manuscript Accepted: November 13, 2005

Citation
Karen D. Hendrix and C. K. Carniglia, "Path of a beam of light through an optical coating," Appl. Opt. 45, 2410-2421 (2006)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-45-11-2410


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