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Journal of the Optical Society of America A


  • Editor: Stephen A. Burns
  • Vol. 23, Iss. 4 — Apr. 1, 2006
  • pp: 926–932

Optical path difference in a plane-parallel uniaxial plate

Maximino Avendaño-Alejo and Martha Rosete-Aguilar  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 23, Issue 4, pp. 926-932 (2006)

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The flux of energy given by the Poynting vector S e and the k t -wave vector normal to the geometrical wavefront for the extraordinary ray propagating through uniaxial crystals can be evaluated by using the theory developed by Avendaño-Alejo et al. [J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 19, 1668 (2002) ] and Avendaño-Alejo and Stavroudis [J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 19, 1674 (2002) ]. We give here the equations necessary to evaluate the general dispersion angle S e k t . Additionally we define two new dispersion angles, S e A and k t A , where A is the crystal axis vector. With these new dispersion angles we evaluate the optical path length traversed by the extraordinary ray in a plane-parallel uniaxial plate when the crystal axis lies in the plane of incidence.

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OCIS Codes
(080.2710) Geometric optics : Inhomogeneous optical media
(260.1180) Physical optics : Crystal optics
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

Original Manuscript: June 10, 2005
Revised Manuscript: September 6, 2005
Manuscript Accepted: September 16, 2005

Maximino Avendaño-Alejo and Martha Rosete-Aguilar, "Optical path difference in a plane-parallel uniaxial plate," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 23, 926-932 (2006)

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