Plane Wave Reflection and Refraction

  • Kurt E. Oughstun
Part of the Springer Series in Optical Sciences book series (SSOS, volume 224)


A practical problem of fundamental importance in electromagnetic wave theory concerns the reflection and transmission of an electromagnetic wave at an interface separating two different material media. As this problem can become rather complicated for a general pulsed wave field incident upon the surface S of a dispersive body immersed in a dispersive medium, it is best to consider first the much simpler case of a time-harmonic (monochromatic) plane wave field incident upon an infinitely extended plane surface. The general solution to this problem will then form the basis for the analysis of the more general problem of a pulsed electromagnetic beam field incident upon a planar interface separating two different dispersive media. This more general problem is treated in some detail in Volume 2.


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  • Kurt E. Oughstun
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  1. 1.College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, University of VermontBurlingtonUSA

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