Scattering and Transfer Matrices

As we saw in the last section, both reflection and transmission are present at interfaces (disregarding absorption and scattering for the moment). In order to describe the action of light at a boundary most succinctly and mathematically soundly, we will now look at how to describe the action of light at a boundary using matrices.

Table of Contents:

  1. Formalism
  2. Time Reversal

FORMALISM

Using the below model as a basic guide:

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We will label fields in the left (right) medium with an i(j), and waves traveling to the left(right) with a -(+).

TIME REVERSAL

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