Analysis of multilayer thin-film structures containing magneto-optic and anisotropic media at oblique incidence using 2×2 matrices

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Abstract

A complete analysis of multilayer structures containing an arbitrary number of dielectric, metal, magnetic, and birefringent/dichroic layers is presented. An algorithm, based on simple 2×2 matrices, is derived which allows reflection, transmission, absorption, magneto-optic conversion, birefringence, and dichroism of the structure to be computed on a personal computer. The incident beam is assumed to be plane monochromatic with arbitrary angle of incidence. There are no approximations involved, and the results are direct consequences of Maxwell's equations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6466-6475
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Volume67
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - 1990

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magnetic metals
anisotropic media
personal computers
magneto-optics
Maxwell equation
laminates
dichroism
birefringence
incidence
matrices
thin films
approximation

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