Abstract

We have derived analytical expressions for the angular distribution <i>P</i>(α) of the power radiated by magnetic or electric dipoles located at distance <i>z</i><sub>0</sub> from a dielectric interface and oriented perpendicular to it. For dipoles in the rarer medium very close to the interface, evanescent waves in the dipoles’ near field give rise to strong radiation into the denser medium. The resulting large maximum of <i>P</i>(α) shows characteristic differences for magnetic and electric dipoles when the relative refractive index of the two dielectrics is greater than √2. For dipoles lying on the interface a symmetry relation is established connecting the power distributions <i>P</i>(α) for the values <i>n</i> and 1/<i>n</i> of the relative refractive index.

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  3. With a telescope a sharp boundary between light and dark is seen, which is the well-known principle of some refractometers.
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  8. W. Lukosz and R. E. Kunz, "Fluorescence lifetime of magnetic and electric dipoles near a dielectric interface," Opt. Commun. 20, 195–199 (1977).

1977 (2)

W. Lukosz and R. E. Kunz, "Light emission by magnetic and electric dipoles. I. Total radiated power," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 67, xxxx-xxxx (1977) (preceding paper).

W. Lukosz and R. E. Kunz, "Fluorescence lifetime of magnetic and electric dipoles near a dielectric interface," Opt. Commun. 20, 195–199 (1977).

1972 (1)

1971 (1)

C. Carniglia and L. Mandel, "Quantization of evanescent electromagnetic waves," Phys. Rev. D 3, 280–296 (1971).

1921 (1)

P. Fröhlich, "Die gültigkeitsgrenze des geometrischen gesetzes der lichtbrechung," Ann. Phys. (Leip.) 65, 577–592 (1921).

1913 (1)

P. Selenyi, "Sur l'existence et l'observation des ondes lumineuses sphériques inhomogénes," Compt. Rend. 157, 1408–1410 (1913).

Carniglia, C.

C. Carniglia and L. Mandel, "Quantization of evanescent electromagnetic waves," Phys. Rev. D 3, 280–296 (1971).

Carniglia, C. K.

Drexhage, K. H.

C. K. Carniglia, L. Mandel, and K. H. Drexhage, "Absorption and emission of evanescent photons," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 62, 479–486 (1972).

K. H. Drexhage, "Interaction of light with monomolecular dye layers," Progress in Optics, Vol. XII (North-Holland, Amsterdam, 1974), p. 165–232.

Fröhlich, P.

P. Fröhlich, "Die gültigkeitsgrenze des geometrischen gesetzes der lichtbrechung," Ann. Phys. (Leip.) 65, 577–592 (1921).

Kunz, R. E.

W. Lukosz and R. E. Kunz, "Light emission by magnetic and electric dipoles. I. Total radiated power," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 67, xxxx-xxxx (1977) (preceding paper).

W. Lukosz and R. E. Kunz, "Fluorescence lifetime of magnetic and electric dipoles near a dielectric interface," Opt. Commun. 20, 195–199 (1977).

Lukosz, W.

W. Lukosz and R. E. Kunz, "Fluorescence lifetime of magnetic and electric dipoles near a dielectric interface," Opt. Commun. 20, 195–199 (1977).

W. Lukosz and R. E. Kunz, "Light emission by magnetic and electric dipoles. I. Total radiated power," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 67, xxxx-xxxx (1977) (preceding paper).

Mandel, L.

C. K. Carniglia, L. Mandel, and K. H. Drexhage, "Absorption and emission of evanescent photons," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 62, 479–486 (1972).

C. Carniglia and L. Mandel, "Quantization of evanescent electromagnetic waves," Phys. Rev. D 3, 280–296 (1971).

Selenyi, P.

P. Selenyi, "Sur l'existence et l'observation des ondes lumineuses sphériques inhomogénes," Compt. Rend. 157, 1408–1410 (1913).

Ann. Phys. Leip. (1)

P. Fröhlich, "Die gültigkeitsgrenze des geometrischen gesetzes der lichtbrechung," Ann. Phys. (Leip.) 65, 577–592 (1921).

Compt. Rend. (1)

P. Selenyi, "Sur l'existence et l'observation des ondes lumineuses sphériques inhomogénes," Compt. Rend. 157, 1408–1410 (1913).

J. Opt. Soc. Am. (2)

C. K. Carniglia, L. Mandel, and K. H. Drexhage, "Absorption and emission of evanescent photons," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 62, 479–486 (1972).

W. Lukosz and R. E. Kunz, "Light emission by magnetic and electric dipoles. I. Total radiated power," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 67, xxxx-xxxx (1977) (preceding paper).

Opt. Commun. (1)

W. Lukosz and R. E. Kunz, "Fluorescence lifetime of magnetic and electric dipoles near a dielectric interface," Opt. Commun. 20, 195–199 (1977).

Phys. Rev. (1)

C. Carniglia and L. Mandel, "Quantization of evanescent electromagnetic waves," Phys. Rev. D 3, 280–296 (1971).

Other (2)

K. H. Drexhage, "Interaction of light with monomolecular dye layers," Progress in Optics, Vol. XII (North-Holland, Amsterdam, 1974), p. 165–232.

With a telescope a sharp boundary between light and dark is seen, which is the well-known principle of some refractometers.

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