Polarization-state-dependent attenuation and amplification in a columnar thin film.
We numerically investigated the plane-wave reflection-transmission characteristics of a columnar thin film (CTF) whose columns are made from a dissipative material but whose void regions are filled with an active material. By computing the reflectances and transmittances, we found that the CTF can simultaneously amplify $s$-polarized incident light and attenuate $p$-polarized incident light, or vice versa. This polarization-state-dependent attenuation and amplification phenomenon depends upon the angle of incidence and the thickness of the CTF.
Publisher URL: http://arxiv.org/abs/1711.05463
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