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Opt Express. 2010 Nov 22;18(24):24715-21. doi: 10.1364/OE.18.024715.

Transfer-matrix formalism for the calculation of optical response in multilayer systems: from coherent to incoherent interference.

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  • 1Department of Physics and Astronomy, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee 37996, USA. mtropare@utk.edu

Abstract

We present a novel way to account for partially coherent interference in multilayer systems via the transfer-matrix method. The novel feature is that there is no need to use modified Fresnel coefficients or the square of their amplitudes to work in the incoherent limit. The transition from coherent to incoherent interference is achieved by introducing a random phase of increasing intensity in the propagating media. This random phase can simulate the effect of defects or impurities. This method provides a general way of dealing with optical multilayer systems, in which coherent and incoherent interference are treated on equal footing.

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