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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 14, Iss. 22 — Oct. 30, 2006
  • pp: 10574–10579

Large lateral shift near pseudo-Brewster angle on reflection from a weakly absorbing double negative medium

Nian-Hai Shen, Jing Chen, Qi-Yang Wu, Tian Lan, Ya-Xian Fan, and Hui-Tian Wang  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 22, pp. 10574-10579 (2006)

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We focus on the lateral shift for an electromagnetic wave reflected from a weakly absorbing double negative medium (DNM). A large lateral shift near the pseudo-Brewster angle is found, which may be negative or positive. We give an analytic expression for such a kind of lateral shift, from which the critical transition point for sign-changing of the lateral shift can be easily obtained. Theoretical analysis shows that the absorption of DNM, even though very weak, plays an important role in determining the lateral shift. As evidences, we calculate the lateral shift by means of the momentum method and perform the finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) simulations. We find that the results of our theoretical analysis are reliable.

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(120.5700) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Reflection
(260.0260) Physical optics : Physical optics
(260.2110) Physical optics : Electromagnetic optics

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Original Manuscript: August 14, 2006
Revised Manuscript: September 27, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: September 28, 2006
Published: October 30, 2006

Nian-Hai Shen, Jing Chen, Qi-Yang Wu, Tian Lan, Ya-Xian Fan, and Hui-Tian Wang, "Large lateral shift near pseudo-Brewster angle on reflection from a weakly absorbing double negative medium," Opt. Express 14, 10574-10579 (2006)

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