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Journal of the Optical Society of America A

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  • Editor: Stephen A. Burns
  • Vol. 25, Iss. 10 — Oct. 1, 2008
  • pp: 2476–2488

Interface between transparent isotropic and uniaxial absorbing dielectric media: equations for ray tracing and for the direction of propagation

Coro Alberdi, S. Alfonso, J. M. Diñeiro, B. Hernández, and C. Sáenz  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA A, Vol. 25, Issue 10, pp. 2476-2488 (2008)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAA.25.002476


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Abstract

In this work we analyze the propagation of a plane wave that passes from an isotropic transparent medium to a uniaxial absorbing medium. Detailed expressions that give the real directions of propagation of the wave and the energy of the reflected and refracted ordinary and extraordinary waves are obtained. These expressions are valid for every orientation of the optic axis of the uniaxial medium and for every direction of propagation of the incident wave. Expressions are tested in the case of an interface between a transparent and an absorbing isotropic media and for the air–rutile ( Ti O 2 ) interface. The effect of absorption has been evaluated by comparing the results obtained in rutile with the results obtained in a transparent uniaxial medium with the same real refractive indices. Results are presented for different values of the angle of incidence and the orientation of the plane of incidence.

© 2008 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(260.0260) Physical optics : Physical optics
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

History
Original Manuscript: February 11, 2008
Revised Manuscript: July 22, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: July 28, 2008
Published: September 18, 2008

Citation
Coro Alberdi, S. Alfonso, J. M. Diñeiro, B. Hernández, and C. Sáenz, "Interface between transparent isotropic and uniaxial absorbing dielectric media: equations for ray tracing and for the direction of propagation," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 25, 2476-2488 (2008)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josaa/abstract.cfm?URI=josaa-25-10-2476

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