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  • Vol. 65, Iss. 2 — Feb. 1, 1975
  • pp: 150–154

Reflection and transmission of light by a rough surface, including results for surface-plasmon effects

E. Kretschmann and E. Kröger  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA, Vol. 65, Issue 2, pp. 150-154 (1975)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSA.65.000150


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Abstract

A second-order theory is developed for the reflection and transmission of light by a slightly rough surface. The general results are discussed, especially for a rough interface between vacuum and a free-electron-like metal, where surface-plasma excitation can occur. The influence of the damping of the electron gas and of the shape of the roughness is discussed. Some different previous theories for reflection by a rough surface are shown to be limiting cases of the present theory.

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E. Kretschmann and E. Kröger, "Reflection and transmission of light by a rough surface, including results for surface-plasmon effects," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 65, 150-154 (1975)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josa/abstract.cfm?URI=josa-65-2-150


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