Abstract

A study of the transmission of inhomogeneous electromagnetic waves through an interface between a transparent and an absorbing medium leads to the prediction of a novel effect. A beam of unpolarized light passing through a dissipative plane-parallel slab splits into two parallel beams. The electric field in one beam is perpendicular to the plane of incidence, whereas in the other beam it is parallel to this plane.

© 1982 Optical Society of America

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