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  • Vol. 26, Iss. 18 — Sep. 15, 2001
  • pp: 1400–1402

Simple trace criterion for classification of multilayers

L. L. Sánchez-Soto, J. J. Monzón, T. Yonte, and J. F. Cariñena  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 26, Issue 18, pp. 1400-1402 (2001)

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The action of any lossless multilayer is described by a transfer matrix that can be factorized in terms of three basic matrices. We introduce a simple trace criterion that sorts the multilayers into three classes, each of whose properties are closely related to one (and only one) of the three basic matrices.

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OCIS Codes
(000.3860) General : Mathematical methods in physics
(120.5700) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Reflection
(120.7000) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Transmission
(230.4170) Optical devices : Multilayers

L. L. Sánchez-Soto, J. J. Monzón, T. Yonte, and J. F. Cariñena, "Simple trace criterion for classification of multilayers," Opt. Lett. 26, 1400-1402 (2001)

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