When does the choice of the refractive index of a linear, homogeneous, isotropic, active, dielectric medium matter?

Akhlesh Lakhtakia, Joseph B. Geddes, Tom G. Mackay

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Abstract

Two choices are possible for the refractive index of a linear, homogeneous, isotropic, active, dielectric material. Either of the choices is adequate for obtaining frequency-domain solutions for (i) scattering by slabs, spheres, and other objects of bounded extent; (ii) guided-wave propagation in homogeneously filled, cross-sectionally uniform, straight waveguide sections with perfectly conducting walls; and (iii) image formation due to flat lenses. The correct choice does matter for the half-space problem, but that problem is not realistic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17709-17714
Number of pages6
JournalOptics Express
Volume15
Issue number26
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 24 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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