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The transverse magnetic reflectivity minimum of metals


Hooper, IR and Sambles, JR and Bassom, AP, The transverse magnetic reflectivity minimum of metals, Optics Express, 16, (10) pp. 7580-7586. ISSN 1094-4087 (2008) [Refereed Article]

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2008 Optical Society of America

DOI: doi:10.1364/OE.16.007580


Metal surfaces, which are generally regarded as excellent reflectors of electromagnetic radiation, may, at high angles of incidence, become strong absorbers for transverse magnetic radiation. This effect, often referred to as the pseudo-Brewster angle, results in a reflectivity minimum, and is most strongly evident in the microwave domain, where metals are often treated as perfect conductors. A detailed analysis of this reflectivity minimum is presented here and it is shown why, in the limit of very long wavelengths, metals close to grazing incidence have a minimum in reflectance given by (√2-1)2.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Physical Sciences
Research Group:Atomic, molecular and optical physics
Research Field:Atomic, molecular and optical physics not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the mathematical sciences
UTAS Author:Bassom, AP (Professor Andrew Bassom)
ID Code:105707
Year Published:2008
Web of Science® Times Cited:6
Deposited By:Mathematics and Physics
Deposited On:2016-01-13
Last Modified:2016-11-25

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