Abstract

Interference effects normal to the plane of incidence are calculated for a light beam incident on a reflecting surface consisting of several parallel thin layers. Resonances that arise when one of the thin layers acts as a two-dimensional waveguide give rise to phase shifts of the plane waves in the reflected beam which vary rapidly with the angle of incidence. Interference in the reflected beam can then sometimes give it the appearance of a diffraction pattern. The results are compared with Levy and Imbert’s recent experiment.

© 1977 Optical Society of America

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