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# Lecture 19 Non-Normal Incidence of Waves at Interfaces

## In this lecture you will learn:

What happens when waves strike an interface between two different media coming at an angle Reflection and transmission of waves at interfaces Application of E-field and H-field boundary conditions Total internal reflection Brewsters angle

i o
Ei Hi Ei

r ki

## Transverse Magnetic (TM) wave

r ki
Hi

z=0

r Plane of Incidence: The plane containing the incident wavevector k i and a vector that
is normal to the interface is called the plane of incidence (in the figure above the x-z plane is the plane of incidence)

TE Wave: If the E-field of the wave is perpendicular to the plane of incidence then the wave is called a TE-wave TM Wave: If the H-field of the wave is perpendicular to the plane of incidence then the wave is called a TM-wave
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TE Wave - Wavevectors
r kr
Transverse Electric (TE) wave Hr Er x Et

r kt

r i
r ki

Ht

Ei Hi

r ki = kix x + kiz z = k i [sin( i ) x + cos( i ) z ] r k r = k rx x + k rz z = k r [sin( r ) x cos( r ) z ] r kt = ktx x + ktz z = kt [sin(t ) x + cos(t ) z ]

z=0

ki =

n o i = i c

kr = ki = kt =

o i =
nt c

ni c

o t =

## TE Wave First Boundary Condition

r kr
Transverse Electric (TE) wave Hr Er x Et

r kt

Ht

i i o
r ki
Ei Hi

o
z

r r r r r r E (r ) = y Ei e j k i . r + y Er e j k r . r z <0 r r r r E (r ) = y Et e j kt . r
z>0

z=0

## r k i = k i [sin( i ) x + cos( i ) z ] r k r = k r [sin( r ) x cos( r ) z ] r kt = kt [sin(t ) x + cos(t ) z ]

(1) At z = 0 the E-field parallel to the interface must be continuous across the interface for all x This gives:

## Ei e j k i sin( i ) x + E r e j k r sin( r )x = Et e j kt sin(t )x

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## TE Wave Phase Matching Condition

r kr
Transverse Electric (TE) wave Hr Er x Et

r kt

Ht

i i o
r ki
Ei Hi z=0 z

## Ei e j k i sin( i ) x + E r e j k r sin( r )x = Et e j kt sin(t )x

The only way the above boundary condition can be satisfied for all x is if all the xdependent phase factors are the same (this is called phase matching)

## ki sin( i ) = kr sin( r ) = kt sin(t )

The first equality gives ( using ki = kr ) :

## kix = krx = ktx

sin( i ) = sin( r )

i = r
angle of incidence equals the angle of reflection

## TE Wave Snells Law

r kr
Transverse Electric (TE) wave Hr Er x Et

r kt

Ht

i i o
r ki
Ei Hi

o
z

## ki sin( i ) = kr sin( r ) = kt sin(t )

The second equality gives:

z=0

k ix = k rx = ktx

k i sin( i ) = kt sin(t )
Snells Law

## n n i sin( i ) = t sin(t ) c c ni sin( i ) = nt sin(t )

E i e j k i sin( i )x + E r e j k r sin( r )x = Et e j kt sin( t )x E i + E r = Et
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(1)

## TE Wave Second Boundary Condition

r kr
Transverse Electric (TE) wave Hr Er x Et

r kt

Ht

i i o
r ki
Ei Hi

o
z

(2) At z = 0 the H-field component parallel to the interface must be continuous for all x

z=0

r r H (r ) r r H (r )

r r E E = ki y i e j k i . r + kr y r e j kr . r z <0 i i

z >0

E = kt y t e
t

r r j kt . r

t

x cos( i )

Ei

## E E e j k i sin( i )x + x cos( r ) r e j k r sin( r )x = x cos(t ) t e j kt sin(t )x

E E E cos( i ) i r = cos(t ) t t i i
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(2)

## TE Wave Reflection and Transmission Coefficients

r kr
Transverse Electric (TE) wave Hr Er x Et

r kt

Ht

i i o
r ki
Ei Hi

o
z

## The solution is:

z=0

k n cos(t ) cos(t ) 2 iz 2 i 2 t Et ktz nt cos( i ) i cos( i ) T = = = = Ei t cos(t ) + 1 k iz + 1 ni cos(t ) + 1 Transmission ktz nt cos( i ) i cos( i )
coefficient

Reflection coefficient

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TM Wave - Wavevectors
r kr
Transverse Magnetic E r (TM) wave x Hr Et Ht

r kt

r i

Ei Hi

r ki

z=0

ki =

n o i = i c

kr = ki = kt =

o i =
nt c

ni c

o t =

## TM Wave First Boundary Condition

r kr
Transverse Magnetic E r (TM) wave x Hr Et Ht

r kt

r i

Ei Hi

r ki

r r r r r r H (r ) = y Hi e j k i . r + y Hr e j k r . r z<0 r r r r H (r ) = y Ht e j kt . r
z >0

z=0

## r k i = k i [sin( i ) x + cos( i ) z ] r k r = k r [sin( r ) x cos( r ) z ] r kt = kt [sin(t ) x + cos(t ) z ]

(1) At z = 0 the H-field parallel to the interface must be continuous across the interface for all x This gives:

## Hi e j k i sin( i ) x + Hr e j k r sin( r ) x = Ht e j kt sin(t )x

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## TM Wave Phase Matching Condition

r kr
Transverse Magnetic E r (TM) wave x Hr Et Ht

r kt

r i

Ei Hi

r ki

z=0

## Hi e j k i sin( i ) x + Hr e j k r sin( r ) x = Ht e j kt sin(t )x

The only way the above boundary condition can be satisfied for all x is if all the xdependent phase factors are the same (this is called phase matching)

## k i sin( i ) = k r sin( r ) = kt sin(t )

The first equality gives ( using ki = kr ) :

k ix = k rx = ktx

sin( i ) = sin( r )

i = r
angle of incidence equals the angle of reflection

## TM Wave Snells Law

r kr
Transverse Magnetic E r (TM) wave x Hr Et Ht

r kt

r i

Ei Hi

r ki

## k i sin( i ) = k r sin( r ) = kt sin(t )

The second equality gives:

z=0

k ix = k rx = ktx

k i sin( i ) = kt sin(t )
Snells Law

## n n i sin( i ) = t sin(t ) c c ni sin( i ) = nt sin(t )

Hi e j k i sin( i )x + Hr e j k r sin( r )x = Ht e j kt sin(t )x Hi + Hr = Ht
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(1)

## TM Wave Second Boundary Condition

r kr
Transverse Magnetic E r (TM) wave x Hr Et Ht

r kt

r i

Ei Hi

r ki

(2) At z = 0 the E-field component parallel to the interface must be continuous for all x

z=0

r r E (r )

(2)

## TM Wave Reflection and Transmission Coefficients

r kr
Transverse Magnetic E r (TM) wave x Hr Et Ht

r kt

r i

Ei Hi

r ki

## The solution is:

TM

z=0

T
Transmission coefficient

Reflection coefficient

## i cos(t ) 1 Hr t cos( i ) = TM = = Hi i cos(t ) + 1 t cos( i )

cos(t ) k n cos(t ) 2 t iz 2 i 2 t Ht t cos( i ) i ktz ni cos( i ) = = = = Hi i cos(t ) + 1 t k iz + 1 nt cos(t ) + 1 ni cos( i ) t cos( i ) i ktz

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Snells Law
ni sin( i ) = nt sin(t ) ni nt

i i

If ni < nt then t < i and the transmitted wave bends towards the normal

ni

nt

i i

If ni > nt then t > i and the transmitted wave bends away from the normal
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## Total Internal Reflection Critical Angle

If ni > nt then t > i

ni
If i is increased, then t will eventually become 90o The value of i for which t is 90o is called the critical angle c

nt

i i

## ni sin( i ) = nt sin(t ) ni sin(c ) = nt sin 2 n sin(c ) = t ni

What if i is increased beyond c ? When i is increased beyond c the wave is not transmitted but is completely (100%) reflected at the interface back into the medium of incidence This phenomenon is called total internal reflection it happens for both TE and TM waves
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## Total Internal Reflection Phase Matching

ni > nt and i > c We need to consider in more detail what happens when the angle of incidence is greater than the critical angle

ni

nt

i i

## The phase matching condition gives us:

k ix = k rx = ktx

ktx = k ix = k i sin ( i )
2 ktx = k i2 sin2 ( i )

2
c2

ni2 sin2 ( i )

kt =

nt

kt2 =

c2

2 nt

2 2 ktx + ktz =

2
c2

2 nt

## Total Internal Reflection Evanescent Wave

ni > nt and i > c

ni
If i is larger than c the wave in medium t is evanescent in the z-direction

i i

Et

nt

2
c
2

2 2 nt ktx =

2
c2

## For i > c one can write:

ktz =

2 nt ni2 sin2 ( i )

-ve when i > c The z-component of the wavevector has become completely imaginary The field is evanescent in the z-direction in medium t

ktz = j

r r E (r )

z >0

= y Et e j ktx

e ktz z

''

## Total Internal Reflection Evanescent Wave

ni > nt and i > c

ni

i i

Et

nt

## The E-field (assuming TE wave) in medium t is:

r r E (r )

z >0

= y Et e j ktx
z >0

e ktz z = y Et e j e j ktx
''

''

e ktz z

''

r r E (r , t )

## = y Et e ktz z cos( t ktx x + )

The wave is propagating along the interface (in the x-direction) but decaying (without spatial oscillations) in the z-direction
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## Total Internal Reflection Reflection Coefficient

ni > nt and i > c If i is larger than c the wave is completely reflected back into the medium of incidence For i > c one can write:

ni

i i

Et

nt

ktz = j

## k iz 1 '' E r ktz k ktz k iz + jktz = = = iz = = e j '' k iz Ei + 1 k iz + ktz k iz jktz ktz =1

The phase of the reflection coefficient in total internal reflection is called the GoosHanschen phase-shift

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## TE and TM Waves: Reflection Coefficients

TE Waves TM Waves

k iz 1 Er ktz = = k iz Ei +1 ktz

t k iz 1 Hr i ktz TM = = Hi t k iz + 1 i ktz

Question: Can one ever get the reflection coefficient to go to zero (very desirable to get rid of unwanted reflections in optics)?

n ki = i c ki k iz k ix

n kt = t c kt ktz ktx

k i kt

( if

ni nt

(Phase matching)

## t kiz = i ktz nt cos( i ) = ni cos(t )

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## TM Waves: Brewsters Angle

One can have =0 for TM waves if: For i = B

ni

nt

nt cos( i ) = ni cos(t )
Snells law gives:

i i

ni sin( i ) = nt sin(t )
The above two equations will have a solution if and only if:

sin( i ) = cos(t )
This happens when: i + t =

and

cos( i ) = sin(t )

The angle of incidence for which this happens is called the Brewsters angle B :

n tan( i ) = t ni

B = tan1

nt ni

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