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The law of reflection A ray departing from P in the direction B
,with rmpBectt o the mirror normal
(isre&cted symmef r i c e at tk same a g k 8.
P'
This is because the symmetric path POP'
has minimum length.
Campxe, for example, the altanative POP'.
Clearly, IPOI JUP'I < I P ~ I ~
+P ' I .
-
P
mirror
+
Comider tbe c~di32wtion
af OP' backwards
through the mirror.
To QQ observer in the direction
af P , the ray will appew
to b v e originated at P".
or
dielectric interface
=
NUS
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Reflection from mirrors
Projected:
left-handed
triad
mirror
(front view)
In:
right-handed
triad
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Out:
left-handed
triad
The law of refraction (Snell's Law) Taking derivatives with respect to x 7
a(cP&)
las; s
-
b-z
=~&4-22'&4#=Q
=+-n a 0 = a's&@'
Tbis re&& is k n o w as
's &ew,or
e
=
NUS
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Snell's Law as minimum time principle Beach, running speed vr-
Which path should the lifeguard follow
to reach the drowning person in minimum time?
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'w
NUS
Two types of refraction
air
glass
from lower to higher index
(towards optically denser material)
angle wrt normal decreases
the maximum angle
that can enter the optically dense medium
is such that
glass
air
from higher to lower index
(towards optically less dense material)
angle wrt normal increases
if the combination of
and
is such that
then Snell’s law in the less dense medium
cannot be satisfied. This situation is
known as Total Internal Reflection (TIR)
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Total Internal Reflection (TIR)
air
at critical angle, the refracted light propagates
parallel to the interface
the result is called a “surface wave”
glass
at angles of incidence higher than critical,
the light is totally internally reflected
almost as if
the glass-air interface were a mirror
air
glass
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in both cases of surface wave and TIR,
there is an exponential tail of electric field
leaking into the medium of lower optical density;
this is called the evanescent wave.
Typically, the evanescent wave is a few wavelengths long
but it can be much longer near the critical angle
We will learn more about evanescent waves after we cover
the electromagnetic nature of light
Frustrated Total Internal Reflection (FTIR) r
>
6, glass
nc
If another dielectric appsoacbes within a Eew distant canatants from the TLR interface, the tail of the exponentially evmescent wave becomes propagating; i.e. the light couples out of the medium. This situati,~
is known as h s t r a t e d Total injernol &ejbtion ( F T B ) . In quantum mechanics, there is an analogous &ect b o r n as tunneling. We will compute the amount of energy coupled out of the medium of incidence later, after we study the ekctramgnetic nature of light.
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Prisms
air
air
TIR
glass
air
45°
air
air
TIR
glass
45°
air
retro-reflector
air
TIR
glass
TIR
pentaprism
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Fingerprint sensors
finger
right-angle
prism
laser
illumination
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digital
camera
Optical waveguides
no TIR
TIR
TIR
“planar” waveguide: high-index dielectric material
sandwiched between lower-index dielectrics
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Numerical Aperture (NA) of a waveguide
NA is the sine of the largest angle that is waveguided
air
(n=1)
no TIR
TIR
TIR
i.e., NA is the incident angle of acceptance of the waveguide
high index contrast (n1/n2) ⇔ high NA
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GRadient INdex (GRIN) waveguide
lowest index
highest index
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TIR
Optical fibers: step cladding
cladding
(lower index)
core
(higher index)
Core diameter = 8-10µm (commercial grade)
Cladding diameter = 250µm (commercial grade)
Index contrast Δn = 0.007 (very low NA)
attenuation = 0.25dB/km
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Optical fibers: GRIN
cladding
(lower index)
core of
gradually
decreasing
index
optical rays “swirl” in a helical trajectory
around the axis of the core
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GRIN waveguides in nature: insect eyes
Images removed due to copyright restrictions.
Please see
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Superposkils.gif
Image by Thomas Bresson at Wikimedia Commons.
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Dispersion
101
3.5
Fused silica (SiO2)
3.0
Refractive index n (�)
2.5
10-1
2.0
1.5
k
n
10-2
Absorption constant k (�)
100
1.0
10-3
0.5
0
-1
10
0
10
1
10
10-4
Wavelength � / µm
Dispersion = the dependence of refractive index n on wavelength �.
Figure by MIT OpenCourseWare. Adapted from Fig. 2.4 in Bach, Hans, and Norbert Neuroth. The Properties of Optical Glass. New York, NY: Springer, 2004.
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Dispersion from a prism
incident
white light
(all visible
wavelengths)
rainbow
exit
red
air
glass
green
blue
Newton’s prism
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Dispersion measures
Reference color lines
C (H- λ=656.3nm, red),
D (Na- λ=589.2nm, yellow),
F (H- λ=486.1nm, blue)
e.g., crown glass has
Dispersive power
Dispersive index
aka Abbe’s number
e.g. for crown glass: V=0.01704 or v=58.698
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Paraboloidal reflector: perfect focusing
What should the shape function s(x) be in order for the incoming parallel ray bundle to come to perfect focus?
The easiest way to find the answer is
to invoke Fermat’s principle:
since the rays from infinity follow the minimum path before they meet at P,
it follows that they must follow the same path.
focus at F
A paraboloidal reflector focuses
a normally incident plane wave
to a point
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