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We determine the range of thicknesses and refractive indices for which omnidirectional reflection from quasiperiodic dielectric multilayers occurs. By resorting to the notion of area under the transmittance curve, we assess in a systematic way the performance of the different Fibonacci multilayers.
We reelaborate on the basic properties of lossless multilayers. We show that the transfer matrices for these multilayers have essentially the same algebraic properties as the Lorentz group SO(2, 1) in a (2 + 1)-dimensional space-time as well as the group SL(2, R) underlying the structure of the ABCD law in geometrical optics. By resorting to the Iwasawa… (More)
We suggest a geometrical framework in which to discuss periodic layered structures in the unit disk. Bandgaps appear when the point representing the system approaches the unit circle. We show that the trace of the matrix describing the basic period allows for a classification in three families of orbits with quite different properties. The laws of… (More)
We elaborate on the consequences of the factorization of the transfer matrix of any lossless multilayer in terms of three basic matrices of simple interpretation. By considering the bilinear transformation that this transfer matrix induces in the complex plane, we introduce the concept of multilayer transfer function and study its properties in the unit… (More)
We use the concept of turns to provide a geometrical representation of the action of any lossless multilayer, which can be considered to be analogous in the unit disk to sliding vectors in Euclidean geometry. This construction clearly shows the peculiar effects arising in the composition of multilayers. A simple optical experiment revealing the appearance… (More)
We re-elaborate on the recent basic result that the action of any multilayer is equivalent to a proper Lorentz transformation. As a consequence, we propose simple optical measurements that can serve as an analogue computer for simulating special relativity. Special attention is paid to the question of the Wigner rotation, showing that it can be easily… (More)
The equality of the reflected and the transmitted irradiances by a beam splitter that consists of a thin absorbing coating (typically a metallic film) on a transparent plate is considered. The absorption and the phase difference between the reflected and transmitted fields are also studied. The lack of reversibility of this beam splitter introduces an… (More)
By introducing the notion of wavelength- and angle-averaged absorptance, we assess in a systematic way the possibility of achieving wide-angle absorptance in a spectral range. We determine the optimum thicknesses for which this broadband wide-angle absorption occurs for a representative example of infrared detector.
The concept of absorption by a metal-dielectric-metal structure is reexamined. The absorber system is modeled as a transparent medium between two absorbing films. We study the conditions for the parameters that ensure null reflectance and transmittance for a fixed wavelength of the incident radiation, and we present explicit expressions for the absorptance… (More)