Energy balance in the superposition of light waves with lossless beam splitters

F. Pi, G. Orriols

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Abstract

The energy balance in the superposition of light waves with a lossless beam splitter is analyzed along with its connection with some general relations between the parameters describing beamsplitter effects on the two incoming waves. These general relations are derived either from the electromagnetic theory or from energy conservation considerations. The apparent paradox of a symmetric beam splitter producing complementary outputs is explained. © 1985 American Association of Physics Teachers
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)667-670
JournalAmerican Journal of Physics
Volume53
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1985

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