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Revista mexicana de física E

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MARTINEZ-MARES, M.  and  CASTANO, E. Scattering matrix of elliptically polarized waves. Rev. mex. fís. E [online]. 2010, vol.56, n.2, pp.207-212. ISSN 1870-3542.

We analyze the scattering of elliptically polarized plane waves normally incident at the planar interface between two different materials; we consider two cases: dielectric-dielectric and dielectric-conductor interfaces. The scattering S matrix in both cases is obtained using the boundary conditions and Poynting's theorem. In the dielectric-dielectric case we write S using two different basis, the usual xy and a rotated one. For the dielectric-conductor interface, the use of the rotated basis together with an energy balance argument leads us, in a natural way, to construct a unitary S matrix after recognizing the need to introduce two equivalent parasitic channels due to dissipation in the conductor, and the transmission coefficient into these parasitic channels measures the absorption strength.

Keywords : Electromagnetic waves; scattering; polarization; absorption.

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