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  • Vol. 1, Iss. 7 — Jul. 1, 1984
  • pp: 703–705

4 × 4 Matrix formalisms for optics in stratified anisotropic media

P. J. Lin-Chung and S. Teitler  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 1, Issue 7, pp. 703-705 (1984)

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The 4 × 4 matrix formalisms developed respectively by Berreman [ BerremanD. W., J. Opt. Soc. Am. 62, 502 ( 1972)] and by YehYeh [P., J. Opt. Soc. Am. 69, 742 ( 1979)] for the description of the ellipsometric properties of planar multilayer anisotropic media are compared. Features of both are used to provide a framework that is applicable to the calculation of ellipsometric properties of, e.g., stratified media that incorporate magnetic materials.

© 1984 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: March 8, 1984
Manuscript Accepted: March 26, 1984
Published: July 1, 1984

P. J. Lin-Chung and S. Teitler, "4 × 4 Matrix formalisms for optics in stratified anisotropic media," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 1, 703-705 (1984)

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  10. The fact that Berreman used M to designate a completely different matrix should not be confusing here since he introduced his M in a completely different context.
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