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  • Vol. 30, Iss. 8 — Apr. 15, 2005
  • pp: 815–817

Apparent causality paradox in frustrated Gires-Tournois interferometers

P. Tournois  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 30, Issue 8, pp. 815-817 (2005)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.30.000815


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Abstract

Negative group delay times upon total reflection from frustrated Gires-Tournois interferometers seem to violate causality. Contrary to what has been recently argued in the literature, I show with the example of total light reflection upon an ideal nonabsorbing plasma that adding the time associated with the Goos-Hänchen shift does not solve the paradox, which remains open.

© 2005 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(260.0260) Physical optics : Physical optics
(260.2030) Physical optics : Dispersion
(260.3160) Physical optics : Interference
(260.6970) Physical optics : Total internal reflection

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P. Tournois, "Apparent causality paradox in frustrated Gires-Tournois interferometers," Opt. Lett. 30, 815-817 (2005)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-30-8-815

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