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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 38, Iss. 13 — Jul. 1, 2013
  • pp: 2295–2297

Limits to superweak amplification of beam shifts

Jörg B. Götte and Mark R. Dennis  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 38, Issue 13, pp. 2295-2297 (2013)

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The magnitudes of beam shifts (Goos–Hänchen and Imbert–Fedorov, spatial and angular) are greatly enhanced when a reflected light beam is postselected by an analyzer, by analogy with superweak measurements in quantum theory. Particularly strong enhancements can be expected close to angles at which no light is transmitted for fixed initial and final polarizations. We derive a formula for the angular and spatial shifts at such angles (which includes the Brewster angle), and we show that their maximum size is limited by higher-order terms from the reflection coefficients occurring in the Artmann shift formula.

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OCIS Codes
(120.5700) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Reflection
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(260.6970) Physical optics : Total internal reflection
(240.3695) Optics at surfaces : Linear and nonlinear light scattering from surfaces

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Physical Optics

Original Manuscript: March 20, 2013
Revised Manuscript: May 18, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: May 18, 2013
Published: June 26, 2013

Jörg B. Götte and Mark R. Dennis, "Limits to superweak amplification of beam shifts," Opt. Lett. 38, 2295-2297 (2013)

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