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Opt Lett. 2008 Jul 1;33(13):1437-9.

Role of beam propagation in Goos-Hänchen and Imbert-Fedorov shifts.

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  • 1Huygens Laboratory, Leiden University, PO Box 9504, 2300 RA Leiden, The Netherlands. aiello@molphys.leidenuniv.nl


We derive the polarization-dependent displacements parallel and perpendicular to the plane of incidence for a Gaussian light beam reflected from a planar interface, taking into account the propagation of the beam. Using a classical-optics formalism we show that beam propagation may greatly affect both Goos-Hänchen and Imbert-Fedorov shifts when the incident beam is focused.

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