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Goos-Hanchen and Imbert-Fedorov shifts: a novel perspective


Aiello,  Andrea
Optical Quantum Information Theory, Leuchs Division, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Max Planck Society;

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Aiello, A. (2012). Goos-Hanchen and Imbert-Fedorov shifts: a novel perspective. NEW JOURNAL OF PHYSICS, 14: 013058. doi:10.1088/1367-2630/14/1/013058.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-002D-6903-6
When a beam of light is reflected by a smooth surface its behavior deviates from geometrical optics predictions. Such deviations are quantified by the so-called spatial and angular Goos-Hanchen (GH) and Imbert-Fedorov (IF) shifts of the reflected beam. These shifts depend upon the shape of the incident beam, its polarization and on the material composition of the reflecting surface. In this paper we suggest a novel approach that allows one to unambiguously isolate the beam-shape dependent aspects of GH and IF shifts. We show that this separation is possible as a result of some universal features of shifted distribution functions which are presented and discussed.