Applied Physics B

, Volume 80, Issue 3, pp 355–357

Transverse displacement at total reflection near the grazing angle: a way to discriminate between theories

  • F. Pillon
  • H. Gilles
  • S. Girard
  • M. Laroche
  • O. Emile
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s00340-005-1728-2

Cite this article as:
Pillon, F., Gilles, H., Girard, S. et al. Appl. Phys. B (2005) 80: 355. doi:10.1007/s00340-005-1728-2

Abstract

The transverse shift is observed and precisely measured at total internal reflection on a dielectric interface for a circularly polarized light beam when the incident angle is scanned from the critical angle up to the grazing angle close to 90°. The experimental results show with no doubt that the transverse displacement exists far away from the critical angle and only vanishes at grazing angle. A comparison with theories also allows a discrimination between the most different theoretical models traditionally used to interpret physically this effect.

PACS

41.20Jb 42.25Gy 42.79e 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. Pillon
    • 1
  • H. Gilles
    • 1
  • S. Girard
    • 1
  • M. Laroche
    • 1
  • O. Emile
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratoire CIRIL CNRS-CEA-ENSICAEN, UMR 6637Caen CedexFrance
  2. 2.Laboratoire PALMS, CNRS-UMR 6627Université de Rennes IRennes CedexFrance

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