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Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Editor: G. I. Stegeman
  • Vol. 23, Iss. 5 — May. 1, 2006
  • pp: 904–912

Total transmission of electromagnetic waves at interfaces associated with an indefinite medium

Nian-Hai Shen, Qin Wang, Jing Chen, Ya-Xian Fan, Jianping Ding, Hui-Tian Wang, and Yongjun Tian  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 23, Issue 5, pp. 904-912 (2006)

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We investigate the problem of total transmission at the interface separating an isotropic regular material and an indefinite medium [ Phys. Rev. Lett. 90, 077405 (2003) ] in which not all of the principal elements of the permeability and permittivity tensors have the same sign, for TE- and TM-polarized electromagnetic waves. We make a detailed investigation on the existence conditions of total transmission and the corresponding Brewster’s angles when an electromagnetic wave is incident on the interface from an isotropic regular material. We show that the propagation characteristics of electromagnetic waves at such interfaces are quite different from those at regular interfaces. For both TE and TM waves, total transmission is possible at the interfaces containing an indefinite medium; in particular, normally incident total transmission and omnidirectional total transmission are also allowed, provided that suitable physical parameters for the two materials across the interface are chosen.

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OCIS Codes
(120.7000) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Transmission
(160.1190) Materials : Anisotropic optical materials
(260.2110) Physical optics : Electromagnetic optics

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

Original Manuscript: August 3, 2005
Revised Manuscript: October 20, 2005
Manuscript Accepted: December 12, 2005

Nian-Hai Shen, Qin Wang, Jing Chen, Ya-Xian Fan, Jianping Ding, Hui-Tian Wang, and Yongjun Tian, "Total transmission of electromagnetic waves at interfaces associated with an indefinite medium," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 23, 904-912 (2006)

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