We present a unified theoretical approach to electromagnetic plane waves reflected or transmitted at arbitrarily anisotropic and homogeneous layered systems. Analytic expressions for the eigenvalues for the four-wave components inside a randomly oriented anisotropic medium are reported explicitly. As well, the partial transfer matrix for a slab of a continuously twisted biaxial material at normal incidence is described. Transition matrices for the incident and exit media are presented. Hence, a complete analytical 4×4 matrix algorithm is obtained using Berreman’s 4×4 differential matrices [D. W. Berreman, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 62, 502 (1972)]. The algorithm has a general approach for materials with linear optical response behavior and can be used immediately, for example, to analyze ellipsometric investigations.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1996|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics