Effective-medium theory of sinusoidally modulated volume holograms

Gene Campbell, Raymond K. Kostuk

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Zeroth-order effective-medium theory is applied to sinusoidally modulated volume holograms for which the period of the grating is much smaller than the illumination wavelength. These holograms can be modeled as negative uniaxial films, with the effective ordinary and extraordinary permittivities being determined by the small-period quasi-static approximation. The limits of validity of the small-period approximation are examined as a function of the wavelength-to-grating-period ratio (A:A) by rigorous coupled-wave theory. The limits are shown to be more restrictive for slanted holograms and for conically incident waves than for unslanted holograms and nonconically incident waves.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1113-1117
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the Optical Society of America A: Optics and Image Science, and Vision
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1995


  • Effective-medium theory
  • Quasi-static approximation
  • Volume hologram

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition


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