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  • Vol. 21, Iss. 7 — Apr. 1, 1996
  • pp: 504–506

Form birefringence dispersion in periodic layered media

Claire Gu and Pochi Yeh  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 21, Issue 7, pp. 504-506 (1996)

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We analyze the form birefringence dispersion of periodic dielectric layered media. Using Bloch wave analysis, we investigate the shape of the normal surface and its dependence on wavelength. Our higher-order uniaxial approximation gives an explicit expression for the additional dispersion of the form birefringence that is due to the finite layer thickness.

© 1996 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: October 23, 1995
Published: April 1, 1996

Claire Gu and Pochi Yeh, "Form birefringence dispersion in periodic layered media," Opt. Lett. 21, 504-506 (1996)

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