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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 31, Iss. 8 — Apr. 15, 2006
  • pp: 1127–1129

Reflectionless tunneling of light in gradient optics

Alexander B. Shvartsburg and Guillaume Petite  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 31, Issue 8, pp. 1127-1129 (2006)

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We analyze the optical (or microwave) tunneling properties of electromagnetic waves passing through thin films presenting a specific index profile that provides a cutoff frequency when the films are used below this frequency. We show that, contrary to the usual case of a square index profile, where tunneling is accompanied by a strong attenuation of the wave due to reflection, such films present the possibility of reflectionless tunneling, where the incoming intensity is totally transmitted.

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OCIS Codes
(260.2110) Physical optics : Electromagnetic optics
(310.6860) Thin films : Thin films, optical properties
(350.5500) Other areas of optics : Propagation

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

Original Manuscript: December 7, 2005
Revised Manuscript: January 11, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: January 11, 2006

Alexander B. Shvartsburg and Guillaume Petite, "Reflectionless tunneling of light in gradient optics," Opt. Lett. 31, 1127-1129 (2006)

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