Griffiths makes several statements and claims in Chapter 9 without really working out all the details. So please show what you feel are the main steps/big ideas in the questions below:
In the lecture notes (and/or Griffiths section 9.3.2), we worked out the case of normally incident light, and claimed that reflected and transmitted waves have the same polarization as the incident wave (on the x axis). Prove that this must be true!
In Griffiths’ section 9.3.2, (Reflection and transmission at normal incidence) he finds reflection and transmission coefficients ($R$ and $T$). But he has made the assumption that $\mu_1 = \mu_2 = \mu_0$. Drop that assumption, i.e. keep $\mu_1$ and $\mu_2$ general, and find the general formulas for $R$ and $T$. To check, explictly confirm that $R+T=1$, still (as it must be). Hint: Don’t redo work Griffiths has done for you. Use whatever you need from section 9.3.2, just be careful not to use results where he has assumed $\mu_1 = \mu_2 = \mu_0$. I claim you can express your final results for R and T purely as very simple functions of $\beta$ only!
In the lecture notes (and/or Griffiths 9.3.3), we worked out the case of reflection and transmission at any angle. But we considered the case where the incident E-field is polarized in the plane of incidence. Go through that section again, but work out the different case where the E-field is polarized perpendicular to the plane of incidence. (You may once again assume $\mu_1=\mu_2=\mu_0$.) Specifically, what I mean by “work out” is:
Make a clear sketch (modeled on Griffiths figure 9.15) of the geometry and angles for this case. Then, write out what the four boundary conditions become in this case (i.e. modify Griffiths Eq 9.101 through 9.104 appropriately for this new situation).
Find the new “Fresnel Equations”, i.e. a version of Eq 9.109, but for this polarization case. Explicitly check that your Fresnel equations reduce to the proper results at normal incidence!
Replicate Griffiths Figure 9.16, (but of course for this perpendicular polarization case.) Use a Jupyter notebook please. Assume $n_2/n_1=2.0$ Briefly, discuss what is similar, and what is different, about this case from what Griffiths solved. Is there a “Brewster’s angle” for your situation, i.e. a non-trivial angle where reflection becomes zero?
Again in a Jupyter notebook, replicate Griffiths Figure 9.17 (the one at the end of 9.3) but again, for this perpendicular polarization case, and again assuming $n_2/n_1=2.0$ and again using a computer to plot. Show using your graph that $R+T=1$ for this situation, no matter what the angle. Briefly, comment on the physics!
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