Abstract

We investigate the propagation of general electromagnetic fields through optical layer structures made of either isotropic or anisotropic media, by using the spectrum-of-plane-waves analysis together with the S-matrix method. We also develop an algorithm based on the fast Fourier transform technique, with a numerically efficient sampling rule. By using this algorithm in combination with other system modeling techniques, we present a few simulation examples, such as field propagation through an isotropic Fabry–Perot etalon, as well as uniaxial crystal slabs with arbitrary orientation and optic axis direction.

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