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  • Vol. 3, Iss. 4 — Apr. 1, 1986
  • pp: 550–557

Goos–Hänchen effect around and off the critical angle

H. M. Lai, F. C. Cheng, and W. K. Tang  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 3, Issue 4, pp. 550-557 (1986)

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A general expression for the Goos–Hänchen lateral shift of a Gaussian wave beam, applicable for incident angle θ equal to, near, or larger than the critical angle θc, is obtained. It yields finite and smooth results around θc and coincides with Artmann’s classical result otherwise. Another expression for the lateral shift of a different beam-field distribution is also obtained and shown to be quite similar to that of the Gaussian beam. Comparisons with an existing theoretical expression and with available experimental data (for θθc) are made. Discussion of a different expression for θ away from θc obtained through an energy method is also presented.

© 1986 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: August 16, 1985
Manuscript Accepted: December 15, 1985
Published: April 1, 1986

H. M. Lai, F. C. Cheng, and W. K. Tang, "Goos–Hänchen effect around and off the critical angle," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 3, 550-557 (1986)

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  10. The width σ defined here is related to Horowitz’s and Tamir’s w by σ=w/2.
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  12. Similar measurement of the shifts for one incident angle was carried out earlier by V. Akylas, J. Kaur, T. M. Knasel, “Longitudinal shift of a microwave beam at total internal reflection,” Appl. Opt. 13, 742–743 (1974). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
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  14. The indication made by Horowitz and Tamir that the shift is nearly constant for θ≃ θc is misleading.
  15. The reason for taking such a value is for convenience of comparison with Cowan’s and Aničin’s experimental data in Section 5.
  16. Note that our S(θ) is related to the Cowan–Aničin X(θ) by S(θ) = X(θ)cos θ.
  17. Cowan and Aničin essentially took kσ=43/2≐30. Judging from their experimental data, we feel that kσ= 43 reflects the real situation better.

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