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  • Vol. 12, Iss. 6 — Jun. 1, 1995
  • pp: 1094–1099

Form birefringence of layered media and volume gratings

Claire Gu and Pochi Yeh  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA B, Vol. 12, Issue 6, pp. 1094-1099 (1995)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAB.12.001094


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Abstract

We investigate the reflection at the interface between a homogeneous medium and a semi-infinite periodic layered medium. The result provides independent confirmation of the form birefringence of the periodic layered medium. In addition, our result shows a fundamental difference between the reflection at the interface between a homogeneous medium and a semi-infinite periodic layered medium and that of a Bragg reflector that consists of a large number of layers. We analyze the form birefringence induced by volume index gratings in a homogeneous medium. The extension of our analysis to multiple volume index gratings provides an explanation of the relationship between birefringence and crystal symmetry.

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Claire Gu and Pochi Yeh, "Form birefringence of layered media and volume gratings," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 12, 1094-1099 (1995)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josab/abstract.cfm?URI=josab-12-6-1094


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