Abstract

We theoretically analyze waves propagating between an isotropic nonabsorbing medium and a uniaxial absorbing medium in the general case where the incidence plane does not coincide with the principal section of the uniaxial crystal. Expressions for the reflection and transmission coefficients are derived by a combination of complex ray tracing and the 4×4 matrix method. The work presented here is useful for the design of optical systems that incorporate the use of birefringent absorbing components.

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