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  • Vol. 23, Iss. 2 — Jan. 15, 1998
  • pp: 86–88

Alternative explanation of specular optical activity

D. F. Nelson and A. L. Ivanov  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 23, Issue 2, pp. 86-88 (1998)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.23.000086


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Abstract

Bungay et al. [Phys. Lett. A 174, 335 (1993)] reported observing polarization plane rotation in optical reflection at normal incidence from GaAs, an effect that they term specular optical activity. Their preferred interpretation hypothesizes a partially symmetric third-rank bulk tensor arising from nonlocality, even though its existence would violate time reversibility. We present an alternative explanation based on the derived properties of a nonlocal surface layer that preserves time reversibility.

© 1998 Optical Society of America

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(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

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D. F. Nelson and A. L. Ivanov, "Alternative explanation of specular optical activity," Opt. Lett. 23, 86-88 (1998)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-23-2-86

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