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Journal of the Optical Society of America A


  • Editor: Stephen A. Burns
  • Vol. 26, Iss. 11 — Nov. 1, 2009
  • pp: 2368–2372

Reciprocity constraints on the matrix of reflection from optically anisotropic surfaces

Rajendra Bhandari  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 26, Issue 11, pp. 2368-2372 (2009)

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We derive certain constraints on the reflection matrix for reflection from a plane, nonmagnetic, optically anisotropic surface using a reciprocity theorem stated long ago by Van de Hulst [Light Scattering by Small Particles (Wiley, 1957)] in the context of scattering of polarized light. The constraints are valid for absorbing and chiral media and can be used as tools to check the consistency of derived expressions for such matrices in terms of the intrinsic parameters of the reflecting medium as illustrated by several examples.

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OCIS Codes
(230.1360) Optical devices : Beam splitters
(230.5440) Optical devices : Polarization-selective devices
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(240.2130) Optics at surfaces : Ellipsometry and polarimetry

ToC Category:
Optics at Surfaces

Original Manuscript: May 20, 2009
Revised Manuscript: September 14, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: September 18, 2009
Published: October 15, 2009

Rajendra Bhandari, "Reciprocity constraints on the matrix of reflection from optically anisotropic surfaces," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 26, 2368-2372 (2009)

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