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  • Vol. 21, Iss. 12 — Dec. 1, 2004
  • pp: 2386–2391

Vectorlike representation of multilayers

Alberto G. Barriuso, Juan J. Monzón, Luis L. Sánchez-Soto, and José F. Cariñena  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA A, Vol. 21, Issue 12, pp. 2386-2391 (2004)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAA.21.002386


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Abstract

We use the concept of turns to provide a geometrical representation of the action of any lossless multilayer, which can be considered to be analogous in the unit disk to sliding vectors in Euclidean geometry. This construction clearly shows the peculiar effects arising in the composition of multilayers. A simple optical experiment revealing the appearance of the Wigner angle is analyzed in this framework.

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OCIS Codes
(000.3860) General : Mathematical methods in physics
(120.5700) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Reflection
(120.7000) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Transmission
(230.4170) Optical devices : Multilayers

History
Original Manuscript: March 29, 2004
Revised Manuscript: June 2, 2004
Manuscript Accepted: June 2, 2004
Published: December 1, 2004

Citation
Alberto G. Barriuso, Juan J. Monzón, Luis L. Sánchez-Soto, and José F. Cariñena, "Vectorlike representation of multilayers," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 21, 2386-2391 (2004)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josaa/abstract.cfm?URI=josaa-21-12-2386

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