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  • Vol. 15, Iss. 1 — Jan. 1, 1998
  • pp: 276–277

Plane-wave scattering from a nonchiral object in a chiral environment: comment

Akhlesh Lakhtakia  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 15, Issue 1, pp. 276-277 (1998)

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We show that the problem of scattering of light from an achiral object in a chiral environment, which was recently studied by LindellSilverman [J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 14, 79 (1997)], is merely a straightforward special case of the problem of either a chiral or a bianisotropic object in a chiral environment, solutions of which problem have existed for a while.

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(290.0290) Scattering : Scattering

Original Manuscript: February 20, 1997
Revised Manuscript: June 20, 1997
Manuscript Accepted: June 20, 1997
Published: January 1, 1998

Akhlesh Lakhtakia, "Plane-wave scattering from a nonchiral object in a chiral environment: comment," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 15, 276-277 (1998)

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