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Journal of the Optical Society of America B

Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Editor: Henry M. Van Driel
  • Vol. 24, Iss. 3 — Mar. 1, 2007
  • pp: 624–628

Direct measurement of the evanescent-wave polarization state

Leszek Józefowski, Jacek Fiutowski, Tomasz Kawalec, and Horst-Günter Rubahn  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 24, Issue 3, pp. 624-628 (2007)

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We present results from a direct measurement of the elliptical character of the evanescent part of linearly in-plane polarized light, totally internally reflected from a quartz half-sphere. These results have been obtained by invoking polarization-sensitive and light-emitting organic nanofibers. The angular dependencies of the mean-square electric field vector components parallel and perpendicular to the surface plane agree with predictions from the Fresnel equations.

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OCIS Codes
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(260.6970) Physical optics : Total internal reflection

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

Original Manuscript: June 1, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: October 14, 2006
Published: February 15, 2007

Leszek Józefowski, Jacek Fiutowski, Tomasz Kawalec, and Horst-Günter Rubahn, "Direct measurement of the evanescent-wave polarization state," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 24, 624-628 (2007)

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