Polarization-dependent optical parameters of arbitrarily anisotropic homogeneous layered systems

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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 languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4265-4274
Number of pages10
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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