Abstract

The time-domain reflection coefficient for a plane wave obliquely incident on a Lorentz-medium half-space is determined analytically by inversion of the frequency-domain reflection coefficient. The resulting expression contains only simple functions and a single convolution of these functions. Owing to its simplicity, this form of the reflection coefficient provides insight into its temporal behavior, specifically how the relationship between the damping coefficient and the oscillation frequency determines the shape of the response. The simple form of the reflection coefficient is validated numerically through comparison with the inverse fast Fourier transform of the frequency-domain reflection coefficient.

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