Abstract

Reflection of a linearly polarized electromagnetic plane wave from an ordinary lossless stratified plane mirror is analyzed in the presence of a phase-conjugate mirror. It is shown that, if the conjugated waves are generated without losses or gains and also without a change in the state of polarization, the specularly reflected wave will be extinguished completely and a phase-conjugated replica of the incident wave will be formed. This result, which clearly illustrates a recently derived general theorem on phase conjugation, is independent of the reflectivity of the ordinary mirror and the separation between the two mirrors. New results for arbitrary reflectivities are also obtained.

© 1983 Optical Society of America

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