Abstract

Analytic expressions for the eigenvalues for the four-wave components at an oblique angle of light incidence inside a randomly oriented anisotropic magneto-optic dielectric medium are reported explicitly. In particular, these solutions are valid as long as the dielectric function tensor consists of a symmetric and an antisymmetric part. The normalized Jones reflection and transmission coefficients, i.e., the generalized ellipsometric parameters of homogeneously layered systems having nonsymmetric dielectric properties, are obtained immediately from a recently reviewed 4 × 4 matrix approach. Our explicit solutions allow a future analysis of the generalized ellipsometric data of multilayered magneto-optic media regardless of the orientation of the material magnetization and crystalline axes and the angle of light incidence. Possible experimental thin-film situations are discussed in terms of generalized ellipsometric parameters and illustrated for birefringent free-carrier effects in heavily doped semiconductor thin films and for oblique magnetization directions in magneto-optic multilayer systems.

© 1999 Optical Society of America

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