Generalized laws of refraction that can lead to wave-optically forbidden light-ray fields

Courtial, J. and Tyc, T. (2012) Generalized laws of refraction that can lead to wave-optically forbidden light-ray fields. Journal of the Optical Society of America A: Optics Image Science and Vision, 29(7), p. 1407. (doi:10.1364/JOSAA.29.001407)

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Abstract

The recent demonstration of a metamaterial phase hologram so thin that it can be classified as an interface in the effective-medium approximation [Science 334, 333 (2011)] has dramatically increased interest in generalized laws of refraction. Based on the fact that scalar wave optics allows only certain light-ray fields, we divide generalized laws of refraction into two categories. When applied to a planar cross section through any allowed light-ray field, the laws in the first category always result in a cross section through an allowed light-ray field again, whereas the laws in the second category can result in a cross section through a forbidden light-ray field.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Courtial, Dr Johannes
Authors: Courtial, J., and Tyc, T.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Physics and Astronomy
Journal Name:Journal of the Optical Society of America A: Optics Image Science and Vision
Publisher:Optical Society of America
ISSN:1084-7529
ISSN (Online):1520-8532

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