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Generalization of Fresnel Equations?

  1. Jul 15, 2015 #1
    Hi guys!!

    I was wondering if there is a generalization to the Fresnel equations. Those equations calculate the reflective and transmissive coefficients, but it depends on the polarization of the incident ray. Is there a formula that could calculate those constants for an unpolarized incident ray? Thank you!
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  3. Jul 15, 2015 #2


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    An unpolarized ray is just the sum of the two polarizations in equal amounts. The two special cases and their superpositions allow to solve every problem, there is nothing to generalize.
  4. Jul 15, 2015 #3
    An unpolarized ray is a superposition of two polarized incident rays.
  5. Jul 15, 2015 #4
    Sorry I was too dumb to realize that!
    Thank you! :)
  6. Jul 15, 2015 #5

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