Abstract

Monochromatic light, which is polarized in an arbitrary state, is totally internally reflected at angle of incidence ϕ=45° without change of polarization by a right-angle prism of refractive index n0=1+12=1.70711 (e.g., N-LAK8 Schott glass at wavelength λ=706nm), which is coated with a transparent thin film of refractive index n1=(1+12)12=1.30656 (e.g., vacuum-deposited fluoride material) and of metric thickness equal to half of the vacuum wavelength of incident light, d=λ2. The ambient medium of evanescent refraction is assumed to be vacuum, air, or an inert gas. Wavelength shifts of ±50nm, or changes of the internal angle of incidence of ±1° around 45°, cause phase errors of only a few degrees. The reflected and incident polarization states are nearly identical in the presence of such small phase errors.

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