4. Fresnel Equations

  1. Milan Milosevic

Published Online: 22 APR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118309742.ch4

Internal Reflection and ATR Spectroscopy

Internal Reflection and ATR Spectroscopy

How to Cite

Milosevic, M. (2012) Fresnel Equations, in Internal Reflection and ATR Spectroscopy, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118309742.ch4

Author Information

  1. MeV Technologies LLC, Westport, Connecticut, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 22 APR 2012
  2. Published Print: 1 JUN 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470278321

Online ISBN: 9781118309742



  • Fresnel equations;
  • geometrical optics and Snell's law;
  • reflectance, transmittance, using boundary conditions;
  • polarization of incident wave, Fresnel formulae;
  • total internal reflection, and subcritical internal reflection


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Electromagnetic Fields at the Interface

  • Snell's Law

  • Boundary Conditions at the Interface

  • Fresnel Formulae

  • Reflectance and Transmitance of Interface

  • Snell's Pairs

  • Normal Incidence

  • Brewster's Angle

  • The Case of the 45° Angle of Incidence

  • Total Internal Reflection