We present a factorization scheme that is particularly suited to multilayer optics, and we exploit it to develop a consistent description of the action of a multilayer in terms of three basic matrices. Connections with equivalent behaviors in geometrical optics are discussed.
© 2001 Optical Society of America
(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
J. J. MonzÃÂn, T. Yonte, and L. L. SÃÂnchez-Soto, "Basic factorization for multilayers," Opt. Lett. 26, 370-372 (2001)