Abstract

In this work we analyze the propagation of a plane wave that passes from an isotropic transparent medium to a uniaxial absorbing medium. Detailed expressions that give the real directions of propagation of the wave and the energy of the reflected and refracted ordinary and extraordinary waves are obtained. These expressions are valid for every orientation of the optic axis of the uniaxial medium and for every direction of propagation of the incident wave. Expressions are tested in the case of an interface between a transparent and an absorbing isotropic media and for the air–rutile (TiO2) interface. The effect of absorption has been evaluated by comparing the results obtained in rutile with the results obtained in a transparent uniaxial medium with the same real refractive indices. Results are presented for different values of the angle of incidence and the orientation of the plane of incidence.

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