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Homework Help: Transfer matrix

  1. Mar 7, 2004 #1

    I am trying to write the transfer matrix for surface with an s-polarized em wave incident on it. I want to look at the case of total internal reflection- but I don't know if it makes any sense to look at the transfer matrix in that case, since there is no transfer across the boundary. It is part of a problem I am working on in which I have a thin film. I can write all the parts of the matrix except the last part for total internal reflection. The wave goes from air (n=1) to a non-magnetic thin film of thickness d with a complex index of refraction n. I am trying to find the reflectance coefficient. If I can get the matrix elements for the total internal reflection I am done. Any ideas?
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