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Journal of the Optical Society of America A


  • Editor: Franco Gori
  • Vol. 27, Iss. 3 — Mar. 1, 2010
  • pp: 602–604

Derivation of the paraxial equation for extraordinary waves in uniaxial media

Shahen Hacyan  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 27, Issue 3, pp. 602-604 (2010)

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A relatively simple derivation of the paraxial equation for extraordinary electromagnetic waves in uniaxial media is presented. The propagation of the waves is described with both Abraham’s and Minskowski’s definitions of the electromagnetic momentum. A Gaussian beam is worked out to illustrate the sidewalk effect of extraordinary rays.

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OCIS Codes
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence
(260.2110) Physical optics : Electromagnetic optics

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

Original Manuscript: December 8, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: January 15, 2010
Published: February 25, 2010

Shahen Hacyan, "Derivation of the paraxial equation for extraordinary waves in uniaxial media," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 27, 602-604 (2010)

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