Abstract

I show that the reflection coefficient of any stratified planar structure can be obtained by using a complex generalization of Einstein's addition theorem for parallel velocities. This result also applies to multiple quantum wells. It provides a new mathematical tool in optics and in quantum theory and may lead to useful algorithms in computing. It may also give a new insight into special relativity. The composition law of velocities, in fact, no longer appears as a specific result of special relativity but rather as the expression, in the particular case of kinematics, of a more general law of physics. The possible use of the composition law of probability amplitude in quantum theory is also presented.

© 1992 Optical Society of America

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