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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 24 — Nov. 19, 2012
  • pp: 26326–26336

Formation of chiral fields in a symmetric environment

Martin Schäferling, Xinghui Yin, and Harald Giessen  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 24, pp. 26326-26336 (2012)

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Chiral fields, i. e., electromagnetic fields with nonvanishing optical chirality, can occur next to symmetric nanostructures without geometrical chirality illuminated with linearly polarized light at normal incidence. A simple dipole model is utilized to explain this behavior theoretically. Illuminated with circularly polarized light, the chiral near-fields are still dominated by the distributions found for the linear polarization but show additional features due to the optical chirality of the incident light. Rotating the angle of linear polarization introduces more subtle changes to the distribution of optical chirality. Using our findings, we propose a novel scheme to obtain chiroptical far-field response using linearly polarized light, which could be utilized for applications such as optical enantiomer sensing.

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OCIS Codes
(350.4238) Other areas of optics : Nanophotonics and photonic crystals
(250.5403) Optoelectronics : Plasmonics
(310.5448) Thin films : Polarization, other optical properties

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

Original Manuscript: September 20, 2012
Revised Manuscript: October 31, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: November 1, 2012
Published: November 7, 2012

Martin Schäferling, Xinghui Yin, and Harald Giessen, "Formation of chiral fields in a symmetric environment," Opt. Express 20, 26326-26336 (2012)

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