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  • Vol. 20, Iss. 1 — Jan. 1, 2003
  • pp: 99–105

Light transport in chiral and magnetochiral random media

Felipe A. Pinheiro and Bart A. van Tiggelen  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 20, Issue 1, pp. 99-105 (2003)

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We present a microscopic approach to study electromagnetic wave propagation in media with broken mirror symmetry. We introduce and calculate the transport mean free path C* associated with the residual polarization of diffuse light in chiral systems. In chiral media subject to an external magnetic field B, all symmetry requirements exist to create a macroscopic “super” light current in the direction of B that persists even in the absence of a spatial photon density gradient. However, we show that such a current is identically zero in our model. We finally show the existence of a linear magnetotransmission in magnetochiral media.

© 2003 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(290.4210) Scattering : Multiple scattering
(350.5500) Other areas of optics : Propagation

Original Manuscript: June 1, 2002
Revised Manuscript: August 26, 2002
Manuscript Accepted: August 27, 2002
Published: January 1, 2003

Felipe A. Pinheiro and Bart A. van Tiggelen, "Light transport in chiral and magnetochiral random media," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 20, 99-105 (2003)

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