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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 6 — Mar. 17, 2008
  • pp: 3961–3969

Loss-induced transition of the Goos-Hänchen effect for metals and dielectrics

J. B. Götte, A. Aiello, and J. P. Woerdman  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 6, pp. 3961-3969 (2008)

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We report a unifying approach to the Goos-Hänchen (GH) shifts on external optical reflection for metals and dielectrics in particular for the case of high losses, that is for a large imaginary part of the dielectric constant. In this regime metals and dielectrics have a similar GH shift which is in contrast to the low-loss regime where the metallic and dielectric forms of the GH shift are very different. When going from the low-loss to the high-loss regime we find that metals show a much more prominent transition; we present a condition on the dielectric constant which characterizes this transition. We illustrate our theoretical analysis with a realistic example of seven lossy materials.

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OCIS Codes
(160.3900) Materials : Metals
(160.4760) Materials : Optical properties
(160.6000) Materials : Semiconductor materials
(240.0240) Optics at surfaces : Optics at surfaces
(260.3910) Physical optics : Metal optics

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

Original Manuscript: February 1, 2008
Revised Manuscript: February 29, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: March 3, 2008
Published: March 10, 2008

J. B. Götte, A. Aiello, and J. P. Woerdman, "Loss-induced transition of the Goos-Hänchen effect for metals and dielectrics," Opt. Express 16, 3961-3969 (2008)

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