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Fraunhofer Diffraction by a Slit into a Homogeneous Anisotropic Medium


Fraunhofer diffraction of light by a slit on an opaque screen located between a vacuum and a homogeneous anisotropic medium in the absence and in the presence of absorption at different orientations of the optical axis of the medium relative to the slit is considered. The well-known formula for the diffraction in a vacuum is generalized, with the inclusion of the case of diffraction into a uniaxial anisotropic medium in the absence of absorption. A formula is obtained that makes it possible to determine the directions of the diffraction minima and maxima taking into account this absorption.

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The authors are grateful to V. Kocharyan for useful discussions.

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Eritsyan, H.S., Lalayan, A.A., Margaryan, A.L. et al. Fraunhofer Diffraction by a Slit into a Homogeneous Anisotropic Medium. J. Contemp. Phys. 57, 49–53 (2022).

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