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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 24 — Nov. 22, 2010
  • pp: 24715–24721

Transfer-matrix formalism for the calculation of optical response in multilayer systems: from coherent to incoherent interference

M. Claudia Troparevsky, Adrian S. Sabau, Andrew R. Lupini, and Zhenyu Zhang  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 24, pp. 24715-24721 (2010)

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We present a novel way to account for partially coherent interference in multilayer systems via the transfer-matrix method. The novel feature is that there is no need to use modified Fresnel coefficients or the square of their amplitudes to work in the incoherent limit. The transition from coherent to incoherent interference is achieved by introducing a random phase of increasing intensity in the propagating media. This random phase can simulate the effect of defects or impurities. This method provides a general way of dealing with optical multilayer systems, in which coherent and incoherent interference are treated on equal footing.

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OCIS Codes
(030.0030) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence and statistical optics
(310.0310) Thin films : Thin films

ToC Category:
Thin Films

Original Manuscript: October 11, 2010
Revised Manuscript: October 24, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: October 25, 2010
Published: November 10, 2010

M. Claudia Troparevsky, Adrian S. Sabau, Andrew R. Lupini, and Zhenyu Zhang, "Transfer-matrix formalism for the calculation of optical response in multilayer systems: from coherent to incoherent interference," Opt. Express 18, 24715-24721 (2010)

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