Total internal reflection of evanescent plane waves

Akhlesh Lakhtakia, Tom G. Mackay

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Describing the phenomenon of total internal reflection in terms of a reflection coefficient of unit magnitude, we found that not only can propagating plane waves be total internally reflected at the planar interface of two dissimilar, homogeneous, isotropic dielectric-magnetic mediums, but evanescent plane waves can also be. The refracting medium must be the optically denser of the two mediums for total internal reflection of an evanescent plane wave to occur.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)N59-N61
Number of pages3
JournalEuropean Journal of Physics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2008


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