Abstract

A planar structure consisting of layers of different media is considered. The material of each layer is linear and homogeneous but anisotropic and, in general, exhibits biaxial, gyroelectric, and gyromagnetic properties. Thus most materials used in practice fall into the general category considered here. The structure has free space on one side and an isotropic medium (e.g., a dielectric or a metal) on the other side. A plane electromagnetic wave with arbitrary direction and polarization is incident upon the structure. The propagation constants and the components of the electric and magnetic fields are determined in each layer. A chain-matrix approach is implemented to obtain reflection and transmission coefficients for the structure.

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