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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 14, Iss. 8 — Apr. 17, 2006
  • pp: 3588–3593

Time delay associated with total reflection of a plane wave upon plasma mirror

Xiangmin Liu, Zhuangqi Cao, Pengfei Zhu, and Qishun Shen  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 8, pp. 3588-3593 (2006)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.14.003588


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Abstract

By employing both the ray model and the electromagnetic theory in a slab optical waveguide, we show that the Goos-Hänchen time, which has been recently argued in the literature, really exists and the time associated with total reflection of a plane wave upon nonabsorbing plasma mirror is exactly the sum of the group delay time and the Goos-Hänchen time. Based on this concept, it is also indicated that the causality is preserved not only for the frustrated Gires-Tournois interferometer case but also for the case of total reflection of a plane TM wave on a nonabsorbing plasma mirror.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(230.7400) Optical devices : Waveguides, slab
(260.6970) Physical optics : Total internal reflection
(350.5400) Other areas of optics : Plasmas

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

History
Original Manuscript: January 27, 2006
Revised Manuscript: April 10, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: April 11, 2006
Published: April 17, 2006

Citation
Xiangmin Liu, Zhuangqi Cao, Pengfei Zhu, and Qishun Shen, "Time delay associated with total reflection of a plane wave upon plasma mirror," Opt. Express 14, 3588-3593 (2006)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-14-8-3588


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