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Journal of the Optical Society of America A


  • Editor: Stephen A. Burns
  • Vol. 26, Iss. 8 — Aug. 1, 2009
  • pp: 1834–1838

Reflection and transmission matrices at a free-space–chiral interface based on the invariant constitutive relations for gyrotropic media and the Drude–Born–Federov constitutive relations

Ezekiel Bahar  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 26, Issue 8, pp. 1834-1838 (2009)

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The expressions for the linear and cross-polarized reflection and transmission coefficients based on the invariant gyrotropic constitutive relations and the Drude–Born–Federov constitutive relations are compared. A physical interpretation for the first-order terms in the gyrotropic parameter and the chiral parameter is presented for normal and oblique angles of incidence. The analytical expressions for the linear cross-polarized or circular-like polarized reflection coefficients are proportional to the product of the gyrotropic measure, the tangent squared of the angle of refraction in the host medium, the round trip transmission coefficients for the horizontally and vertically polarized waves, and the polarization dependent reflection coefficients for a perfectly conducting mirror. These analytical results are consistent with the observed enhancement of the differential circular reflection for near-grazing incidence.

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OCIS Codes
(040.1880) Detectors : Detection
(050.1930) Diffraction and gratings : Dichroism
(240.0240) Optics at surfaces : Optics at surfaces
(160.1435) Materials : Biomaterials
(160.1585) Materials : Chiral media
(240.2130) Optics at surfaces : Ellipsometry and polarimetry

ToC Category:
Optics at Surfaces

Original Manuscript: March 12, 2009
Revised Manuscript: July 8, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: July 9, 2009
Published: July 29, 2009

Ezekiel Bahar, "Reflection and transmission matrices at a free-space-chiral interface based on the invariant constitutive relations for gyrotropic media and the Drude-Born-Federov constitutive relations," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 26, 1834-1838 (2009)

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