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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 19 — Sep. 23, 2013
  • pp: 21879–21888

Analysis of rainbow scattering by a chiral sphere

Qing-Chao Shang, Zhen-Sen Wu, Tan Qu, Zheng-Jun Li, Lu Bai, and Lei Gong  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 19, pp. 21879-21888 (2013)

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Based on the scattering theory of a chiral sphere, rainbow phenomenon of a chiral sphere is numerically analyzed in this paper. For chiral spheres illuminated by a linearly polarized wave, there are three first-order rainbows, with whose rainbow angles varying with the chirality parameter. The spectrum of each rainbow structure is presented and the ripple frequencies are found associated with the size and refractive indices of the chiral sphere. Only two rainbow structures remain when the chiral sphere is illuminated by a circularly polarized plane wave. Finally, the rainbows of chiral spheres with slight chirality parameters are found appearing alternately in E-plane and H-plane with the variation of the chirality.

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OCIS Codes
(290.4020) Scattering : Mie theory
(160.1585) Materials : Chiral media
(290.5825) Scattering : Scattering theory

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Original Manuscript: July 9, 2013
Revised Manuscript: August 26, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: September 3, 2013
Published: September 10, 2013

Qing-Chao Shang, Zhen-Sen Wu, Tan Qu, Zheng-Jun Li, Lu Bai, and Lei Gong, "Analysis of rainbow scattering by a chiral sphere," Opt. Express 21, 21879-21888 (2013)

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