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Journal of the Optical Society of America A

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  • Editor: Stephen A. Burns
  • Vol. 23, Iss. 9 — Sep. 1, 2006
  • pp: 2320–2323

Transient reflection of TE-polarized plane waves from a Lorentz-medium half-space

Steven M. Cossmann, Edward J. Rothwell, and Leo C. Kempel  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA A, Vol. 23, Issue 9, pp. 2320-2323 (2006)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAA.23.002320


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Abstract

The time-domain reflection coefficient for a plane wave obliquely incident on a Lorentz-medium half-space is determined analytically by inversion of the frequency-domain reflection coefficient. The resulting expression contains only simple functions and a single convolution of these functions. Owing to its simplicity, this form of the reflection coefficient provides insight into its temporal behavior, specifically how the relationship between the damping coefficient and the oscillation frequency determines the shape of the response. The simple form of the reflection coefficient is validated numerically through comparison with the inverse fast Fourier transform of the frequency-domain reflection coefficient.

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OCIS Codes
(260.2030) Physical optics : Dispersion
(260.2110) Physical optics : Electromagnetic optics
(320.2250) Ultrafast optics : Femtosecond phenomena
(320.5550) Ultrafast optics : Pulses
(350.4010) Other areas of optics : Microwaves
(350.5500) Other areas of optics : Propagation

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

History
Original Manuscript: February 3, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: March 16, 2006

Citation
Steven M. Cossmann, Edward J. Rothwell, and Leo C. Kempel, "Transient reflection of TE-polarized plane waves from a Lorentz-medium half-space," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 23, 2320-2323 (2006)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josaa/abstract.cfm?URI=josaa-23-9-2320

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