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Journal of the Optical Society of America B

Journal of the Optical Society of America B

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  • Editor: Henry M. Van Driel
  • Vol. 25, Iss. 2 — Feb. 1, 2008
  • pp: 218–222

Relationships between optical rotation and circular dichroism and elements of the Mueller matrix for natural and artificial chiral materials

Ezekiel Bahar  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA B, Vol. 25, Issue 2, pp. 218-222 (2008)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAB.25.000218


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Abstract

Detection, identification, and characterization of natural and artificial chiral materials have found numerous applications in biochemistry, chemistry, drugs, medicine, and engineering. With the extensive use of optical polarimetric scatterometry, the relationships between the parameters related to optical activity (optical rotation and circular dichroism) and the Mueller matrix elements (which totally characterize scattered light) have been derived when the host medium for the chiral material is dissipative and nondissipative. It is shown that for the general case when optimum excitation is accounted for in the analysis, the relationship is given in terms of a complex pairing of specific quasi-off-diagonal elements of the Mueller matrix. This work provides a road map for experimentalists to determine the optimum excitation (angles of incidence and scatter), wavelength, mode of operation (reflection or transmission), and the specific Muller matrix elements that need to be measured.

© 2008 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(000.1430) General : Biology and medicine
(040.1880) Detectors : Detection
(120.2130) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Ellipsometry and polarimetry
(170.3880) Medical optics and biotechnology : Medical and biological imaging
(280.1415) Remote sensing and sensors : Biological sensing and sensors
(160.1585) Materials : Chiral media

ToC Category:
Materials

History
Original Manuscript: October 12, 2007
Revised Manuscript: December 6, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: December 12, 2007
Published: January 29, 2008

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Citation
Ezekiel Bahar, "Relationships between optical rotation and circular dichroism and elements of the Mueller matrix for natural and artificial chiral materials," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 25, 218-222 (2008)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josab/abstract.cfm?URI=josab-25-2-218

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