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Journal of the Optical Society of America A


  • Editor: Franco Gori
  • Vol. 31, Iss. 6 — Jun. 1, 2014
  • pp: 1226–1232

Jones matrices of perfectly conducting metallic polarizers

Philippe Boyer  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 31, Issue 6, pp. 1226-1232 (2014)

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We deduce by the monomode modal method the analytical expressions of the transmission and reflection Jones matrices of an infinitely conducting metallic screen periodically pierced by subwavelength holes. The study is restricted to normal incidence and to the case of neglected evanescent fields (far-field), which covers many common cases. When only one nondegenerate mode propagates in cavities, they take identical forms to those of a polarizer, with Fabry–Perot-like spectral resonant factors depending on the bigrating parameters. The isotropic or birefringent properties are then obtained when holes support two orthogonal polarization modes. This basic formalism is finally applied to design compact and efficient metallic half-wave plates.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1960) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction theory
(230.5440) Optical devices : Polarization-selective devices
(260.1960) Physical optics : Diffraction theory
(160.3918) Materials : Metamaterials
(050.6624) Diffraction and gratings : Subwavelength structures

ToC Category:
Diffraction and Gratings

Original Manuscript: March 7, 2014
Revised Manuscript: April 12, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: April 14, 2014
Published: May 14, 2014

Philippe Boyer, "Jones matrices of perfectly conducting metallic polarizers," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 31, 1226-1232 (2014)

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