Abstract

Generalized Abelès relations for one anisotropic thin film [E. Cojocaru, Appl. Opt. 36, 2825–2829 (1997)] are developed for light propagation from an isotropic medium of incidence (with refractive index n 0) within a multilayer anisotropic thin film coated onto an anisotropic substrate. An immersion model is used for which it is assumed that each layer is imaginatively embedded between isotropic gaps of zero thickness and refractive index n 0. This model leads to simple expressions for the resultant transmitted and reflected electric field amplitudes at interfaces. They parallel the Abelès recurrence relations for layered isotropic media. These matrix relations include multiple reflections while they deal with total fields. They can be applied directly to complex stacks of isotropic and anisotropic thin films.

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