Abstract

Three special angles associated with the external reflection of light at the surface of an absorbing medium are well known: the principal angle, the pseudo-Brewster angle, and the second Brewster angle. Another significant angle has been identified recently by Azzam and El-Saba [Appl. Opt. 28, 1365 (1989)]. At this angle, the slope of the differential reflection phase shift with respect to the angle of incidence is maximum negative. For convenience it is called the third Brewster angle. The nature of the contours of the constant third Brewster angle in a complex dielectric constant plane is considered both analytically and graphically in comparison with the other constant special-angle contours.

© 1995 Optical Society of America

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