Optics of Anisotropic Layered Media: a New 4 X 4 Matrix Algebra

  title={Optics of Anisotropic Layered Media: a New 4 X 4 Matrix Algebra},
  author={P. Yeh},
A new 4 X4 matrix algebra, which combines and generalizes Abel&s’ 2 X 2 matrix method and Jones’ 2 X 2 matrix method, is introduced to investigate plane-wave propagation in an arbitrarily anisotropic medium. In this new method, each layer of finite thickness is represented by a propagation matrix which is diagonal and consists of the phase excursions of the four partial plane waves. Each side of an interface is represented by a dynamical matrix that depends on the direction of the… CONTINUE READING
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