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  • Vol. 21, Iss. 10 — May. 15, 1996
  • pp: 701–703

Facet model for photon-flux transmission through rough dielectric interfaces

Aristide Dogariu and Glenn D. Boreman  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 21, Issue 10, pp. 701-703 (1996)

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When a photon flux is incident upon a rough interface that separates media with different refractive indices, the interface roughness influences the angular distribution of the transmitted flux. For the case of very rough surfaces with slopes of the order of unity, we find that a simple facet model is sufficient to describe the main features of the flux-transmission behavior. We demonstrate the effect observed by Nieto-Vesperinas et al. [Opt. Lett. 15, 1261 (1990)] for plane-wave incidence, that the interface roughness tends to suppress the refractive-index contrast. In addition, for cases in which the incident flux is distributed in angle, we find that the direction of maximum transmitted flux can be predicted from the surface roughness.

© 1996 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: January 16, 1996
Published: May 15, 1996

Aristide Dogariu and Glenn D. Boreman, "Facet model for photon-flux transmission through rough dielectric interfaces," Opt. Lett. 21, 701-703 (1996)

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