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  • Vol. 13, Iss. 8 — Aug. 1, 1996
  • pp: 1737–1748

Zigzag analysis of interference effects in an arbitrarily oriented biaxial single layer

Gary D. Landry and Theresa A. Maldonado  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 13, Issue 8, pp. 1737-1748 (1996)

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A wave-vector zigzag analysis is developed to investigate the complicated interference effects among the four extraordinary waves in a biaxial slab with general principal-axes orientation; the four corresponding zigzag Poynting vectors have distinct walk-off directions. Expressions for transmission and reflection coefficients, analogous to Airy’s summation for isotropic slabs, are determined for an arbitrarily oriented linearly polarized monochromatic plane wave at oblique incidence. A KTP slab is analyzed with the derived method, and the results are compared with those obtained with the 4 × 4 matrix method. Some common applications of this theory include analysis of multilayer structures and waveguides.

© 1996 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: September 12, 1995
Revised Manuscript: March 11, 1996
Manuscript Accepted: February 12, 1996
Published: August 1, 1996

Gary D. Landry and Theresa A. Maldonado, "Zigzag analysis of interference effects in an arbitrarily oriented biaxial single layer," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 13, 1737-1748 (1996)

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