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Journal of the Optical Society of America A


  • Editor: Franco Gori
  • Vol. 29, Iss. 11 — Nov. 1, 2012
  • pp: 2281–2288

On the electromagnetic power transmission between two lossy media: discussion

Fabrizio Frezza and Nicola Tedeschi  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 29, Issue 11, pp. 2281-2288 (2012)

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An overview of the problems involved in the study of electromagnetic power transmission between lossy media is presented. Starting from the well-known problem of the transmission at a dielectric–conductor interface, the different representations of the complex propagation vector of the plane waves are introduced. Analytical expressions to convert from one formulation to the other are obtained. Moreover, the transmission of a plane wave at the interface between two lossy media is taken into account. An explanation of the strange behavior of the transmitted wave is developed by means of power considerations. Finally, the interesting effect of the parallel-attenuated transmitted wave is presented, and its properties as a function of the incident phase vector amplitude are deduced.

© 2012 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(240.0240) Optics at surfaces : Optics at surfaces
(260.2160) Physical optics : Energy transfer

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

Original Manuscript: June 13, 2012
Revised Manuscript: September 14, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: September 14, 2012
Published: October 10, 2012

Fabrizio Frezza and Nicola Tedeschi, "On the electromagnetic power transmission between two lossy media: discussion," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 29, 2281-2288 (2012)

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