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  • Editor: Franco Gori
  • Vol. 29, Iss. 7 — Jul. 1, 2012
  • pp: 1407–1411

Generalized laws of refraction that can lead to wave-optically forbidden light-ray fields

Johannes Courtial and Tomáš Tyc  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 29, Issue 7, pp. 1407-1411 (2012)

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The recent demonstration of a metamaterial phase hologram so thin that it can be classified as an interface in the effective-medium approximation [Science 334, 333 (2011)] has dramatically increased interest in generalized laws of refraction. Based on the fact that scalar wave optics allows only certain light-ray fields, we divide generalized laws of refraction into two categories. When applied to a planar cross section through any allowed light-ray field, the laws in the first category always result in a cross section through an allowed light-ray field again, whereas the laws in the second category can result in a cross section through a forbidden light-ray field.

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(160.1245) Materials : Artificially engineered materials
(240.3990) Optics at surfaces : Micro-optical devices

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Original Manuscript: January 11, 2012
Revised Manuscript: April 25, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: May 14, 2012
Published: June 22, 2012

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Johannes Courtial and Tomáš Tyc, "Generalized laws of refraction that can lead to wave-optically forbidden light-ray fields," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 29, 1407-1411 (2012)

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