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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 25 — Dec. 8, 2008
  • pp: 20869–20875

An invisible medium for circularly polarized electromagnetic waves

Y. Tamayama, T. Nakanishi, K. Sugiyama, and M. Kitano  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 25, pp. 20869-20875 (2008)

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We study the no reflection condition for a planar boundary between vacuum and an isotropic chiral medium. In general chiral media, elliptically polarized waves incident at a particular angle satisfy the no reflection condition. When the wave impedance and wavenumber of the chiral medium are equal to the corresponding parameters of vacuum, one of the circularly polarized waves is transmitted to the medium without reflection or refraction for all angles of incidence. We propose a circular polarizing beam splitter as a simple application of the no reflection effect.

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OCIS Codes
(230.5440) Optical devices : Polarization-selective devices
(260.2110) Physical optics : Electromagnetic optics
(160.1585) Materials : Chiral media
(160.3918) Materials : Metamaterials

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Original Manuscript: October 23, 2008
Revised Manuscript: November 25, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: November 26, 2008
Published: December 2, 2008

Y. Tamayama, T. Nakanishi, K. Sugiyama, and M. Kitano, "An invisible medium for circularly polarized electromagnetic waves," Opt. Express 16, 20869-20875 (2008)

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