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. 2004 Dec;21(12):2386-91.
doi: 10.1364/josaa.21.002386.

Vectorlike Representation of Multilayers


Vectorlike Representation of Multilayers

Alberto G Barriuso et al. J Opt Soc Am A Opt Image Sci Vis. .


We use the concept of turns to provide a geometrical representation of the action of any lossless multilayer, which can be considered to be analogous in the unit disk to sliding vectors in Euclidean geometry. This construction clearly shows the peculiar effects arising in the composition of multilayers. A simple optical experiment revealing the appearance of the Wigner angle is analyzed in this framework.

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